Ottawa driver faces 7 charges after cyclist struck

Ottawa police have charged the 44-year-old driver of a car that struck and critically injured a cyclist on Carling Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Man, 44, facing seven Criminal Code charges, cyclist remains in hospital

Nathan Anderson, 31 , is in critical condition after his bike was hit from behind Thursday. 1:43

Ottawa police have charged the driver who struck and critically injured a cyclist on Carling Avenue Thursday.

The 44-year-old man from Ottawa is facing seven charges under the Criminal Code, including one count each of impaired driving and dangerous driving causing bodily harm after a cyclist suffered traumatic head injuries after being struck by a car.

The accused is also facing two counts of assaulting a peace officer, two counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident and one count of failing to submit to a drug evaluation. 
Ottawa police have charged the driver of this Toyota Matrix after a cyclist was critically injured in a crash on Carling Avenue Thursday. (Waubgeshig Rice/CBC)

The driver was arrested at the scene and taken into custody after the crash, which happened at about 2:15 p.m.

Police officers watched the cyclist get hit after the man had been seen by LCBO staff leaving a nearby strip mall and hit other parked cars.

The cyclist, Nathan Anderson, 31, was listed in critical condition as of 6 p.m. Friday.

The driver appeared in court just before noon Friday and has a bail hearing scheduled for Feb. 9. He was previously convicted of assault in 2006 and received a suspended sentence and one day probation.