Driver charged in fatal collision involving Kingston cyclist

Kingstonist file photo.

Kingston Police have announced that charges have been laid against the driver involved in a collision with a cyclist in mid-November 2023 that took the life of that cyclist.

The incident occurred on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, at approximately 3:25 p.m. on Taylor Kidd Boulevard just west of Collins Bay Road. Kingston Police told Kingstonist at the time that both the cyclist and the driver had been travelling eastbound on Taylor Kidd Boulevard at the time of the collision, though it was not clear at the time how the collision occurred. Police announced two days later that the cyclist, who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, had passed away as a result of those injuries. Within days, Kingston learned that the cyclist who died was Patrick Lynch, a long-time cycling enthusiast and retired psychologist and educator. Patrick was remembered by his colleagues with the Kingston Velo Club, along with family and friends, with a ghost ride later in the month.

Poster for the November 2023 Ghost Bike for Patrick Lynch via Kingston Velo Club.

Today, Friday, Apr. 26, 2024, Kingston Police provided an update on their investigation and the subsequent charges laid against the driver involved – who remained at the scene, police explained.

“The driver of the Subaru, a 31-year-old local resident, stayed on scene and was cooperative with investigators. Kingston Police uniform patrol officers initially responded, with Traffic Safety Unit collision reconstructionists, forensic identification officers, and detectives also becoming involved,” police said in a press release.

Police closed off Taylor Kidd Boulevard for several hours after the Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, collision. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Taylor Kidd Boulevard was closed between Coronation Boulevard and Collins Bay Road for approximately six hours while the collision scene was processed that day, police detailed.

“Upon reviewing all witness statements, physical evidence, collision reconstruction findings, and mechanically inspecting and examining both the vehicle and bicycle, Kingston Police formed grounds and subsequently charged the driver with Careless Driving Causing Death, an offence found within the Ontario Highway Traffic Act,” Kingston Police said.

According to police, penalties for this charge can include a maximum fine of $50,000, custodial jail time not exceeding two years, and/or a driver’s licence suspension for up to five years.

“Kingston Police wish to remind motorists of their responsibility to share the road with cyclists, be cognizant of their presence, and pass in a safe manner when allowable. There is a legal obligation for motorists to leave at least one meter of space while passing a bicycle; the offence for disobeying this rule being a $110 fine and two demerit points upon conviction,” police relayed.

“For more information please see the City of Kingston’s ‘Share the Road: A Guide for Motorists and Cyclists.’ Additionally, valuable resources, courses, and safety workshops can be found on the website of Cycle Kingston, whose mandate is to promote safe cycling in the region through education and public outreach initiatives.”

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