Family of Mathieu Trudel, hit-and-run victim, asks for witnesses

The family of a man who was found unconscious after an apparent hit and run on Oct. 30 is asking for any witnesses to come forward.

Trudel, 36, still in hospital with brain injury after Oct. 30 crash near Cummings Bridge

Mathieu Trudel, 36, was in a medically induced coma for several days after the Oct. 30 crash. (CBC)

The family of a man who was found unconscious after an apparent hit and run on Oct. 30 is asking for any witnesses to come forward.

Trudel is an avid cyclist, his family says. (Trudel's family)
The incident happened at about 8:40 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, during Mathieu Trudel's daily morning commute to work.

Trudel was cycling in the eastbound lane, where Rideau Street meets the Cumming Bridge, when the incident occurred.

Though he was wearing a helmet at the time, Trudel has been in hospital since the crash with a brain injury and doctors are uncertain of his recovery, his family says. 

"He doesn’t remember the accident and so far, no witnesses have come forward," his family wrote in a news release issued Friday. "His family is looking for help."

In an interview Friday, Trudel's brother, Luc Trudel, said Mathieu is a responsible, avid cyclist. He also said the believes there are witnesses out there.

"This is a very busy part of the city, and it's very hard for me to believe that no one actually saw what happened," Luc Trudel said. "We're hoping that people are not being prevented from speaking and telling their side of the story.

"If this happened to you, you would want to know what caused the accident," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the family at 613-837-2641, or Ottawa police at 613-236-1222, ext. 6954.