A female cyclist was struck and killed by a cement truck, closing the intersection at Bank St. and Riverside Dr. for hours Tuesday evening.
Police and paramedics responded to a call around 6 p.m. and found a 56-year-old woman who was injured after coming off Bank Street’s Billings Bridge over the Rideau River.
Paramedics attempted to revive her, but she succumbed to her injuries. Her name will not be released at the request of her family police said in a release Wednesday as they sought witnesses to the crash.
Piecing together what they know Wednesday, Police said that the truck was travelling south on Bank Street and making a right hand turn onto Riverside Drive when the cyclist was struck as they travelled south.
The intersection has proved difficult to navigate for cyclists in the past.
“The recently resurfaced the bridge and did a good job of that,” said cyclist Michael Taylor, who uses the road almost every day. “They could have widened the deck here for cyclists and pedestrians.”
Taylor said that there are many unsafe places for cyclists on Ottawa roads, noting that the steel girder running along Billings Bridge is one. “If something goes wrong here, bike lane or not, with that steel girder (it’s) one unsafe place,” he said.
Yet cycling safety works both ways.
“Today, it’s dusk, I’m coming down the road and a guy turned left right in front of me,” Taylor added. “I was an inch from getting hit. He could have looked, but I could have had my lights on too – so it works both ways.”
Anyone who witnessed this collision is asked to call the Ottawa Police Traffic Collision Investigation Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481