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Cycling accident claims life of migrant worker near Hamilton

Bicycles are an inexpensive form of transportation for many, including those who travel from abroad for work. Unfortunately, when bicycles share the road with motor vehicles, there is always increased risk of an accident. Incidents like these rarely go well for the cyclists. Such was the case on a recent weekend in Flamborough, Ontario.

The accident took place during the morning of July 31, 2016, northwest of Hamilton. Two cyclists, both male and in their 40s, were travelling east along Highway 5. As they approached Sydenham Road, a vehicle struck the two from behind.

Police reported the vehicle drifted off the road for no immediately apparent reason. One of the two men was killed in the accident and the other suffered serious injuries, but he was expected to make a full recovery. Both men were seasonal migrant workers.

The driver of the vehicle, a 76-year old woman, has not been charged as of yet, but the Ontario Provincial Police are still investigating, and looking for any potential witnesses to the accident to come forward. The police have not released the identities of either man or their nationalities. The family of the deceased will be travelling to Hamilton to identify his body.

Should the driver be found to have been at fault, a criminal trial will likely follow. Of course, for the family of the deceased, no outcome will bring back the loved one, but the harsh reality is that they face expenses from his death. The other victim, though alive, may not be able to work for some time. For anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident, receiving settlements and insurance payouts can help ease financial burdens while minds and bodies are healing. Personal injury professionals can help victims and their families navigate this tough road.

 

 

Source: CBC News Hamilton, "Woman, 76, struck cyclists in fatal Flamborough crash, police say", Adam Carter, Aug. 2, 2016

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