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Friday August 16th, 2013

Posted at 12:20pm

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Leamington OPP are investigating a crash Thursday night that left a cyclist with serious injuries.

Officers were called to the intersection of Erie Street North and Hazelton Street in Leamington at approximately 8:45pm.

Police say a cyclist was travelling northbound on the west sidewalk on Erie Street North while a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado was travelling westbound from Foundry Street, across Erie Street North and onto Hazelton Street.

Police say witnesses observed the cyclist, who exhibited signs of impairment, pull out into the path of the slowly crossing pickup truck and subsequently lose control causing him to fall off of his bike and strike his head on a metal sewer plate. The cyclist, a 56 year old Leamington man, was not wearing a helmet.

The cyclist was taken to Leamington District Memorial Hospital and then later transferred to Victoria Hospital in London with serious life threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup truck, a 26-year-old Leamington man, was not injured.

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