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Victoria County man arrested in connection with fatal collision involving 10-year-old cyclist

Talia Forrest was fatally struck by an SUV while she was riding a bicycle.
Talia Forrest was fatally struck by an SUV while she was riding a bicycle. GoFundMe

Police say a 27-year-old man from Victoria County has been arrested in connection with a fatal collision involving a 10-year-old cyclist on July 11 in Big Bras d’Or, N.S.

Talia Forrest, the cyclist, was fatally struck by an SUV while she was riding a bicycle on Black Rock Road.

RCMP said the vehicle fled the scene, but police were able to locate it and arrest the driver on Monday for a number of driving-related offences.

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The man was later released on conditions and was given a court date of September 5 in Wagmatcook.

In an obituary released by J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, Talia is described as “the sweetest brightest little girl, she was very outgoing and always had a smile on her face.”

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“Talia loved being at school and learning new things. She was a social butterfly always making new friends and touching so many hearts,” it said.

A GoFundMe page has recently been launched by friends of the family to help cover the funeral expense and to provide financial support for Talia’s family.

So far $12,960 has been raised, exceeding the campaign’s goal of $10,000.