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Man faces charges after cyclist hit near Wyevale

A 65-year-old driver faces a trio of charges, including failing to remain at the scene of an accident
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File photo supplied by the Ontario Provincial Police

A man described only as being from "north Simcoe" faces several charges after a cyclist suffered serious injuries from being struck by a vehicle near Wyevale last week.

The driver, who has not been named by police, is charged under the Highway Traffic Act with careless driving, fail to report and fail to remain.

Southern Georgian Bay Const. David Hobson said the investigators opted not to lay more serious criminal charges.

"It's all part of the investigation and in consultation with the supervisor that's what they came up with," he said. "There are evidentiary and investigative facts that I'm not going to put in the paper. We don't name (him) because they're provincial offences tickets."

Hobson said he spoke to the investigating officer about the man's residence and was told "north Simcoe" rather than a specific municipality.

The accused will appear before the provincial offences court in Penetanguishene at a future date.

The incident happend shortly before 9 p.m. last Thursday when a vehicle struck the 44-year-old Wasaga Beach man as he biked along the northbound lane of County Road 6, just south of Wyevale.

The injured cyclist was triaged at the scene and transported to Georgian Bay General Hospital with serious injuries.

Hobson said he didn't have an update on the cyclist's condition, but noted the man is not facing any charges related to the incident.

Officers initially responded to the crash following a request by paramedics to attend after a motorist found the biker at the roadside and called 911.

Police initially determined the cyclist was struck from behind by a vehicle believed to be a 2019-2021 Nissan Infiniti QX60, blue in colour, which would have had possible damage to its passenger-side headlights, outside mirror and exterior body trim parts.

Police are reminding drivers to be mindful of pedestrian and cyclist traffic on area roadways. Motorists are required to remain at the scene and report to police asap when a collision results in personal injury or damages that appear to exceed $2,000.