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'It's going to happen again': Ottawa cyclist killed on Laurier bike lane

Witnesses say the driver of a Tomlinson construction truck was turning right at Lyon Street when the woman was struck and killed.

Ottawa police are investigating a crash that killed a 24-year-old woman on the Laurier segregated bike lane.

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Ottawa police are investigating a crash that killed a 24-year-old woman on the Laurier segregated bike lane.

A 23-year-old cyclist is dead after being struck by a dump truck on the Laurier segregated bike lane.

According to witnesses, the driver of a Tomlinson construction truck was turning right onto Lyon Street from Laurier Avenue around 7:49 a.m. and collided with the east-bound cyclist.

“Paramedics tried to save her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Ottawa Police spokesperson Const. Marc Soucy.

Police are seeking witnesses to the collision.

Andy Poirier, who was visiting a friend nearby, said sirens drew him outside to find a “pretty gruesome sight.”

Poirier said the woman had been crushed beneath the truck’s back right wheels.

Terry Scanlon, who owns a hot dog stand at Bank Street and Laurier, said he’s had misgivings about the safety of the bike lane since it was first installed in 2011. He had wanted mirrors installed at intersections to help right-turning drivers spot cyclists coming up behind them.

Scanlon said he sees close calls on the bike lane every day.

“There are so many people that gather at the intersections, they’ve all got different interests, and that’s what happens,” Scanlon said. “It’s going to happen again.”

According to police data, there were 17 reported collisions along the Laurier segregated bike lane over 2014 and 2015. The vast majority of them happened during “turning movements,” but until now none had been fatal.

This was the first reported collision at Lyon Street in that time period. There were four collisions each at Laurier and Bank, Elgin and Kent streets. There were three at Metcalfe Street, another at O'Connor Street and one at a mid-block driveway near Percy Street.

Coun. Jeff Lieper took to Twitter to declare the death "unacceptable." He also included a call to join him and Coun. Catherine McKenney at Marion Dewar Plaza to "express our anger."

This is the third serious incident involving a driver colliding with a cyclist this week.

A 45-year-old man was sent to hospital in critical condition after he was struck at the corner of Vanier Parkway and Donald St. on Monday. Another man was rushed to hospital after being struck by an SUV driver at Ogilvie and Cyrville on Tuesday.

With files from Andrew Fifield

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