Charges laid against driver in the death of an international student, 20, who was struck and killed in Toronto

Toronto police have charged a 60-year-old man in connection with a fatal collision that led to the death of an international student last week.

Police say they received reports around 4:30 p.m. of a cyclist that had been hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue East. The driver of the car was turning right through the crosswalk and hit the cyclist. Police also say the vehicle continued for quite a distance with the cyclist and bike trapped underneath.

The cyclist, identified as 20-year-old Kartik Saini, was an international student from India and died on scene. Emergency services say they tried to free Saini and revive him but could not.

Saini was from the city of Karnal in the northern state of Haryana and was studying at Sheridan College.

The cyclist, identified as 20-year-old Kartik Saini, was an international student from India and died on scene
The cyclist, identified as 20-year-old Kartik Saini, was an international student from India and died on scene

His cousin, Ravi Saini, says that they still haven’t received Kartik’s body back home and are struggling with the local authorities.

“We are still struggling to get the death certificate from the authorities,” Saini said. “They keep saying that once these formalities are over, they will send him back but it’s still taking so much time. I don’t know how much time it’ll take.”

“It’s very painful for all of us here—it’s a difficult situation in India. We’re just in disbelief that Kartik is not with us here anymore. It’s painful,” he added.

Saini also mentioned that Kartik was the youngest in the family of nine cousins—and was loved by all.

“He was the pampered child in this family. The youngest. His mother isn’t responding properly anymore and hasn’t spoken since the accident. We just feel helpless,” he said.

Biking community gathers to honour Kartik Saini

Hundreds from the Toronto biking community gathered on Wednesday night for a bike ride in the memory of Kartik Saini.

A Ghost Bike Memorial Ride was organized by Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists Group, Jo Kaga, Geoffrey Bercarich, and Joey Schwartz.

The ride began at Matt Cohen Park at 6 p.m. and departed at 6:30 p.m. to the crash site at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue to honour Saini.

David Shellnut, a personal injury lawyer for bikers and cyclists in Toronto, also joined the group on Wednesday night.

“Overwhelming feeling this evening. Not my first Ghost Bike Ride…in this city without the political will to prioritize vulnerable road users, it’s likely not my last,” he wrote in a tweet.

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