Ontario’s police watchdog investigating King City crash that left cyclist dead

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WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, the Special Investigations Unit says York Regional Police were following a speeding car on Keele Street in King Township when the driver lost control and struck the cyclist – Jul 24, 2020

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating a crash in King City that led to the death of a cyclist.

York Regional Police said officers responded to reports of a vehicle rollover on Keele Street, north of Cavell Avenue, just after 7 a.m. Friday.

Police said a man had been pronounced dead on scene.

The Special Investigation’s Unit (SIU) invoked its mandate shortly after.

York Police Const. Laura Nicolle told Global News that an officer was conducting some speed enforcement in the area when it attempted to stop a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed.

Nicolle said the vehicle continued to speed past the officer and ended up fatally striking a cyclist. Officers were looking to identify the cyclist, who was described the man as being between 40 and 50 years old and wearing a black, grey, white cyclist clothing and a navy blue helmet.

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The driver of the vehicle was found and has been taken into custody, according to Nicolle.

Police said the SIU invoked its mandate due to the officer’s involvement with the speed enforcement aspect of the incident.

The SIU is an independent agency that investigates the conduct of officers responding to calls that have resulted in death, serious injury, or alleged sexual assault.

Keele Street was closed from 6th Sideroad to 17th Sideroad for the investigation.

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