OTTAWA: Cyclist pinned under truck at Laurier intersection ID’d as Nusrat Jahan
Laurier Avenue reopened at 2 p.m.
CBC News Posted: Sep 01, 2016 8:14 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 01, 2016 5:25 PM ET
A cyclist is dead after being struck by a Tomlinson construction truck and pinned under its back wheel at the intersection of Lyon Street and Laurier Avenue West on Thursday morning.
Family friends have identified the 23-year-old woman as Nusrat Jahan, a Willis College student and daughter of a diplomat working for the Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa.
It appears the truck driver was heading east on Laurier and was turning right to head south on Lyon when the crash happened at about 7:45 a.m.
There are segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue West.
Melanie McGovern, who works in a building close to the crash site, heard the truck braking and ran outside.
“I heard a big brake, like very loud, and I heard someone screaming. So I just ran and came outside, and we saw that poor lady,” she said.
Police are asking any witnesses to come forward to help with the investigation.
Tomlinson will conduct own investigation
Tomlinson spokesman Dale Harley said in an interview Thursday that he can’t go into specifics about what happened due to the ongoing investigation.
But he did say the company is co-operating with police and will also conduct its own investigation.
“We’re co-operating fully with the authorities. It’s an unfortunate occurrence, and condolences to the family and friends,” he said.
“It’s one of those things that no one likes to see, and we will be conducting, obviously, our own investigation afterwards to try and get to the bottom of this.”