Pedestrian killed, cyclist seriously injured in Champlain Bridge crash

A pedestrian is dead and a cyclistis in critical condition after a serious crash near the Champlain Bridge Wednesday night, RCMP say.

Both were struck after vehicle left roadway for unknown reason, police say

A police officer stands near a damaged car on Island Park Drive near the Champlain Bridge on June 11, 2020. Police say the crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday when a vehicle left the roadway and struck the two people. (Francis Ferland/CBC News)

A pedestrian is dead and a cyclist is in critical condition after a serious crash near the Champlain Bridge Wednesday night, RCMP say.

Around 7 p.m., a vehicle travelling west on Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway left the roadway, and struck a male pedestrian and a female cyclist near the intersection with Island Park Drive, said RCMP spokesperson Stephanie Dumoulin.

The driver entered a pedestrian and cycling path before hitting the two people, RCMP said. 

The man died from his injuries and the woman remains in critical condition. It's unclear why the vehicle left the roadway, Dumoulin said.

Ottawa paramedics said multiple units responded to the scene. The man, in his 50s, was found in cardiac arrest. A bystander performed CPR before paramedics took over upon their arrival and transported him to hospital.

The woman suffered multiple compound fractures and was transported to a trauma centre, paramedics said.

A police roadblock blocks access to the Champlain Bridge on June 11, 2020. The bridge has since reopened to traffic in both directions. (Lyne Grenier/Twitter)

Police said the driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital but didn't suffer any major injuries. The driver has been released from hospital as the investigation continues.

No arrests have been made in connection to the crash.

Police had closed the Champlain Bridge overnight to investigate, but it was reopened around 10 a.m. Thursday.

In a statement, the CEO of the National Capital Commission, which operates the bridge, expressed condolences to the victims and their families.


"On behalf of the NCC, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the victims & their families, of yesterday's collision near the Champlain Bridge," Tobi Nussbaum said on Twitter. 

A bicycle surrounded by evidence markers lies beside the path east of the Champlain Bridge on June 11, 2020. Police are investigating a crash that killed a male pedestrian and left a female cyclist in critical condition. (Francis Ferland/CBC News)


  • Emergency officials originally said the man who died was on a bicycle and the injured woman was a pedestrian. In fact, it was a male pedestrian who was killed and a female cyclist who was injured.
    Jun 15, 2020 12:51 PM ET

With files from Matthew Kupfer

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