Outrage after cyclist killed in collision with dump truck

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A woman is dead and the community outraged after a crash in downtown Ottawa Thursday.

It happened just before 8:00 a.m. at the corner of Laurier Avenue and Lyon Street, when the cyclist became pinned under the truck. She died shortly after.

CBC News has identified the woman as Nusrat Jahan, 23, the daughter of a Bangladesh diplomat.

It was the fifth time in our city a cyclist has been involved a crash over the past few days.

The outrage was swift, with councillors Jeff Leiper and Catherine McKenney leading.

The incident was #2 trending in Ottawa by 11AM

Mayor Jim Watson’s reaction…

(press release from Ottawa Police)

(Ottawa) -The Ottawa Police Service is investigating a fatal collision that occurred this morning at approximately 7:50am at the intersection of Laurier Avenue and Lyon Street.

The collision involved a large truck and a cyclist. The cyclist, a 23 year old female, succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

Ottawa Police Collision Investigators are looking to speak to witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 2481. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.


Devyn Barrie

Devyn Barrie is an editor for OttawaStart.com and writes for our sister site StittsvilleCentral.ca. He studies journalism at Algonquin College. Follow him on Twitter @DevynBarrieNews.

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2 Responses

  1. Incredible that city officials are not aware that side guards are not mandatory. Cities like NYC have a fully deployed side guard program in place and making a difference. How many more need to pay the price? Shame on city administrators.

  2. Sadly, it is what it is: poorly designed roads, prior to when cycling has become more popular. Cyclists, as Vulnerable Road Users, MUST slow down and take it easy in the city, and be vigilant. Defensive cycling is the only answer, as there will always be people who drive badly, are selfish, are hurrying to work, on the job, and driving a big truck, which blocks the road. The Toronto cyclist, doored by a truck, is a prime example. She could see the truck, but wasn’t aware.

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