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Kingston man charged with dangerous driving in crash that hurt cyclists

A Kingston, Ont., man faces four charges after he allegedly collided with a group of cyclists who were riding around Lake Ontario to raise money for pancreatic cancer.

Group was riding around Lake Ontario to raise money for cancer

Gord Townley and his fellow 7 Days in May cyclists pledged to continue their journey around Lake Ontario after a driver collided with their group on May 27. On Wednesday, OPP charged a 51-year-old Kingston, Ont. man. (Submitted by Gord Townley)

A Kingston, Ont., man faces two charges including dangerous driving after he allegedly collided with a group of cyclists taking part in a cancer fundraiser.

The collision happened May 27, during the second day of the 7 Days in May ride — a 1,200-kilometre journey around Lake Ontario to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Canada.

The ride's founder, Gord Townley, told CBC Radio's As it Happens​ the cyclists were riding from Cobourg, Ont., to Kingston along Bath Road in Loyalist Township when one rider fell and hit his head.

As they were tending to his injuries, Townley said, a car swerved onto the shoulder to pass a van and collided with the group.

Townley said one man who was struck head-on was in hospital Tuesday in critical condition.

He also said his daughter Erin suffered a broken arm, several other broken bones and a punctured lung in the crash.

Ontario Provincial Police say a motor vehicle collided with a group of stationary cyclists on Bath Road west of Kingston, Ont., on May 27, 2018. (OPP)

Bail hearing today

Ontario Provincial Police said Wednesday they had charged a 51-year-old man with two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, OPP said.

The man was scheduled to appear in court in Napanee, Ont., this afternoon for a bail hearing.

OPP said one injured cyclist remains in hospital.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story said the man faced four charges. Police issued a correction later saying he only faced two charges. OPP said he was not charged with two counts of driving while his ability is impaired by a drug.
    May 30, 2018 4:23 PM ET