Driver charged in May collision that killed passionate road cyclist

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Calgary police have charged a man after a cyclist was killed in a collision earlier in the year, police said Friday.

Just before 7 p.m. on May 29, a cyclist was riding east on 50th Avenue S.W. through the intersection at Macleod Trail.

A Hyundai Elantra turning left from westbound 50th Avenue onto southbound Macleod Trail struck the cyclist, CPS said in a news release Friday.

The cyclist, Cory Meza, who was 30, was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition. He died on June 1.

Meza and his wife, Chelsea Meza, had moved to Calgary in late 2018.

Even though he hadn't been in the city long, Meza was well-known among the city's cycling community and described by friends and family as a passionate road cyclist. He worked at the Bike Shop South on Macleod Trail.

Chelsea Meza
Chelsea Meza

The motorist was not injured and stayed at the scene. Drugs and alcohol were not considered factors in the collision, police said.

Brice William Coates, 44, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of careless driving and making an unsafe left turn under the Traffic Safety Act, police said Friday.

He is set to appear in court on Jan. 21, 2021.