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Police charge driver in Claremont Access cyclist's death

Police lay a 'careless driving' charge against a driver in the December death of kindergarten teacher Jay Keddy,

Kindergarten teacher Jay Keddy died on Dec. 2 when he was riding a bike up the mountain

Friends of Jay Keddy and members of the cycling community gathered at the site where Keddy was killed in early December. (Kelly Bennett/CBC)

Two months after kindergarten teacher Jay Keddy was struck by a vehicle and killed riding his bike up the Claremont Access, Hamilton police have laid a careless driving charge against a driver.

Police have charged Guy McPhee, a 56-year-old man from Hamilton, with careless driving. He's expected to appear in court on March 30. 

McPhee did not immediately return a request for comment on Monday.

After Keddy was struck the vehicle that hit him left the scene.

Prince of Wales kindergarten teacher Jay Keddy was struck and killed on the Claremont Access in early December. This week police charged a Hamilton man with careless driving in connection with Keddy's death. (Twitter)
Hamilton Police Const. Steve Welton did not say why the investigation took more than two months, nor why there is no charge for failing to remain at the scene. 

"Detectives were committed to and worked diligently to pursue the evidence during the investigation," Welton said. "They were thorough, and it took time. We know and understand how difficult these tragic events are on everyone in the community."

The careless driving charge comes with a fine between $400 and $2,000, a possible six months in jail, and the possibility of a license suspension for up to two years, according to the Highway Traffic Act.

Police seized a black pickup truck involved in the collision, and which police say fled the scene, in December. Police questioned a man at the time of the collision, but released him "unconditionally." 

In the wake of Keddy's death, friends and cycling advocates participated in a march up the Claremont Access to place a white "ghost bike" as a memorial to the cyclist, churchgoer, father and popular teacher.

Keddy's death has also served as a catalyst in the conversation about Hamilton's cycling infrastructure, as the road he died on was identified as a place to build a protected bike lane in the city's 2009 "Shifting Gears" report. 

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