After the hit-and-run death of a cyclist in Grimsby, several members of the biking community came together on Wednesday, July 28 to ride in his memory.
The 51-year-old man died in the morning hours of July 25, following a collision with a vehicle on the North Service Road between Sann Road North and Tufford Road North in Grimsby. The driver fled, but later turned himself in.
The family of the cyclist has asked for privacy and requested that his name not be made public.
“Share the road,” said David Winkler, who organized the memorial bike ride. The ride started outside the Casablanca Inn on Windward Drive and followed the Waterfront Trail to the scene of the accident. About 50 people took part.
“An innocent family man has lost his life on Sunday doing something that I do, that our community does, which is just ride a bike,” Winkler said.
Winkler said that he knew the late cyclist “in passing.” He referred to the cyclist community as a pretty open yet tight community.
He said he chose the Waterfront Trail for the memorial ride because it is a commonly used trail by cyclists in the town and because it would be the most direct route to the scene of the accident.
“We need to learn how to share the road,” said Doug Bennett, one of the cyclists who attended the memorial ride. He said that both cyclists and motorists should be aware of their own rights, but also how rules apply to the opposite party as well.
Bennett said that he was shocked to learn of the accident, as he said the area where it happened is one that he rides often and typically feels safe doing so.
Although he did not know the late cyclist, he said he still felt it's important to come out to the bike ride as he said cyclists often feel “connected.”
“Every time you ride, you spend half your time waving to the cyclists on the other side of the road going in the other direction,” Bennett said. “It feels like you're out there with people even if you're out there alone.”
The suspect, a 37-year-old Oshawa man, later turned himself into police and has been charged with "fail to stop cause death."
Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News