Drunk driving charges laid against man accused of killing Calgary cyclist

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A Calgary man is accused of a drunk driving crash that killed a 61-year-old man who was riding a bicycle near the McKenzie Meadows Golf Club in August.

Joseph Johnson, 26, is charged with impaired driving causing death.

On Aug. 8, Jose Perez, a husband and father of two, was killed when he was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado, which police allege had crossed into the oncoming lane.

Just after 8 p.m., the truck pulled out of the golf club parking lot into the eastbound lanes of McKenzie Meadows Drive S.E.

Police believe the truck crossed over into the westbound lanes, where it struck Perez, who died on the road. The driver remained at the scene.

Perez family
Perez family

Victim brought family to Canada for better life

Perez had just been given the bicycle as a Father's Day gift from his family because he'd grown up in Mexico without many toys.

In 2002, Perez brought his young family to Canada, believing this country would give his children the best chance at a bright, education-filled future.

Perez left behind a wife and two children in their 20s who are both in university. At the time of his death, he was working long weeks as a chemical engineer, flying in and out of Fort McMurray.

Two weeks before he was killed, Perez's daughter was married and he walked her down the aisle.

Johnson's next court appearance is in December.