Calgary

Driver charged in May collision that killed passionate road cyclist

Calgary police have charged a man in connection with a fatal collision in May between a cyclist and car earlier this year.

Cyclist was struck at intersection of 50th Avenue and Macleod Trail

Cory Meza, who was well-known in Calgary's cycling community, died on June 1 after being hit by a motorist at an intersection at Macleod Trail. (Chelsea Meza)

Calgary police have charged a man after a cyclist was killed in a collision earlier in the year, police said Friday.

Just before 7 p.m. on May 29, a cyclist was riding east on 50th Avenue S.W. through the intersection at Macleod Trail.

A Hyundai Elantra turning left from westbound 50th Avenue onto southbound Macleod Trail struck the cyclist, CPS said in a news release Friday.

The cyclist, Cory Meza, who was 30, was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition. He died on June 1.

Meza and his wife, Chelsea Meza, had moved to Calgary in late 2018.

Even though he hadn't been in the city long, Meza was well-known among the city's cycling community and described by friends and family as a passionate road cyclist. He worked at the Bike Shop South on Macleod Trail.

Cory Meza, front, was a passionate road cyclist who worked at the Bike Shop South in Calgary. (Chelsea Meza)

The motorist was not injured and stayed at the scene. Drugs and alcohol were not considered factors in the collision, police said.

Brice William Coates, 44, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of careless driving and making an unsafe left turn under the Traffic Safety Act, police said Friday.

He is set to appear in court on Jan. 21, 2021.

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