Motorists lash out at cyclist after fatal crash

The head of the cycling organization, Tour Du Canada, says angry drivers berated a cyclist after last week's fatal accident near Nipigon.

Motorists frustrated with delay following cycling crash 'looking for someone to blame', says cycling group official

After a fatal collision that struck down a pair of cyclists near Thunder Bay, Ont., traffic was backed up and some motorists began expressing their frustration. (Gord Ellis/CBC)

The head of the cycling organization, Tour Du Canada, says angry drivers added insult to injury for a group of cyclists involved in last week's fatal accident near Nipigon.

In the traffic backup that ensued after the collision that killed a couple from eastern Ontario, one cyclist was confronted by impatient motorists, said Bud Jorgensen, executive director with Tour du Canada

"Rude comments were made to him, [like] ‘you should be off the road, that sort of thing. It's all your fault that this happened. If you weren't here we wouldn't have this problem’."

Jorgensen said he's accustomed to motorists who don't want to share the road, but said the comments were surprising given the circumstances.

"In the aftermath of the collision that struck down Bob and Irene [Booth] the highway was closed for a few hours while police conducted their investigation," he said. "The long lineup on both sides included ... motorists [who were] frustrated with the delay and looking for someone to blame."

A funeral service for accident victims Bob and Irene Booth will be held later this week.

In a Tour du Canada press release, Jorgensen stated "members of group that the Booths were part of are profoundly grateful to residents of Nipigon for their hospitality and support in the aftermath of the accident that took the Booths from us."

The remaining Tour du Canada riders have travelled on from Nipigon and have continued their journey across Canada.

"Bob and Irene, both in their sixties, were lifelong advocates of cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle and Bob was on his second cross-Canada ride at the time of his death," he said.