Cornwall police officer cleared in crash with cyclist

Ontario's police watchdog has chosen not to charge a Cornwall police officer who made an unsafe right turn and seriously injured a cyclist in July.

Officer had 'momentary lapse in attention' before making unsafe turn, SIU finds

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit looks into incidents where police are involved in a death, serious injury or sexual assault. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

Ontario's police watchdog has chosen not to charge a Cornwall police officer who made an unsafe right turn and seriously injured a cyclist in July.

The Special Investigations Unit said in a news release a 33-year-old man was riding east in the Second Street East bike lane when an unmarked police SUV travelling in the same direction made a right turn onto Millville Avenue and hit him, causing a serious shoulder injury.

On Wednesday the SIU released its report into the incident, concluding the officer suffered "a momentary lapse in attention" and made an unsafe turn, but the officer's driving didn't meet the Criminal Code threshold of dangerous driving.

The investigation has ended, the SIU said.