SIU terminates investigation into Cornwall cruiser-cyclist collision

CORNWALL – The province’s Special Investigations Unit has terminated its investigation into a collision this summer between an unmarked Cornwall police cruiser and a bicyclist.

SIU Director Tony Loparco said the officer, who was not named, had a “momentary lapse of attention” when turning off Second Street East to Millville Avenue while responding to a call in late July.

The SUV collided with a bicycle, which was heading east in the bike lanes on Second Street East at the time. The bike struck the right front corner of the police vehicle, throwing the cyclist to the pavement.

While calling the shoulder injury to the 33-year-old cyclist “unfortunate,” Loparco concluded the officer’s driving “did not rise to the level of dangerous driving under the Criminal Code.”

Loparco says the officer, at a minimum, did not make a safe right turn but it was not a criminal act.

Cornwall Community Police Service spokesman Stephanie MacRae told Cornwall Newswatch the officer has been given a traffic ticket.