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Cyclist killed by runaway trailer dislodged from van in Brampton: police

Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 6:22 pm EDT

Paul De Pledge, 39, has been identified as the cyclist killed in a hit-and-run in Brampton. HANDOUT/Peel Regional Police

A cyclist has died after being hit by a runaway trailer in Brampton on Wednesday.

Peel police and paramedics were called to Summerlea Road and Walker Drive, near Torbram Road and Steeles Avenue East, around 8 a.m.

The cyclist, a 39-year-old Brampton man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

He has been identified as Paul De Pledge.

A white Nissan NV cargo van captured on security video is believed to be involved.

Peel regional police say the van, which was earlier reported stolen, was found on Wednesday after 4 p.m. near Jefferson Road and Jasper Crescent in Brampton.

No arrests have been made.

Const. Akhil Mooken says police believe the driver of the vehicle is aware of the collision since the trailer attached to the van dislodged and hit the cyclist. It was left at the scene.

Mooken says a preliminary investigation has led police to believe the cyclist was dragged by the vehicle.

With files from The Canadian Press

The trailer of a truck remains at the scene after a cyclist was struck and killed at Summerlea Road and Walker Drive in Brampton on Aug. 1, 2018. CITYNEWS/Bryan Carey
A trailer remains at the scene after a cyclist was struck and killed at Summerlea Road and Walker Drive in Brampton on Aug. 1, 2018. CITYNEWS/Bryan Carey

 


The topic of cyclist deaths was covered in the “Big Story” podcast in July.

It seems we can’t go a day without hearing about a cyclist in this country being injured, or killed on the road.

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You can also hear it online at thebigstorypodcast.ca.