Leamington Cyclist Dies From Crash Injuries

Monday August 26th, 2013

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A 56-year-old man has died after crashing his bicycle in Leamington.

On Thursday August 15th Leamington OPP responded to a crash at the intersection of Erie Street North and Hazelton Street.

Police say the man was travelling on his bicycle 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 said 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 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.

Marco Roja-Torres from Puebla Mexico died as a result of his injuries. Roja-Torres had been working in Canada for the past 12 years and leaves behind a wife and 4 children.

OPP say the investigation is concluded and no charges will be laid.

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