Motorcyclist charged in Toronto hit and run that seriously injured cyclist
Posted September 20, 2023 4:18 pm.
Last Updated September 20, 2023 4:21 pm.
A motorcyclist who was captured on video striking a cyclist and fleeing the scene in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood has been arrested and charged.
Officers were called to Dundas Street East at River Street just before midnight on Aug. 25 to reports of a collision between a motorcycle and a cyclist.
It’s alleged that a black/silver motorcycle was driving eastbound in the bike lanes along Dundas Street when they struck a cyclist in the bike lane. The cyclist suffered serious injuries in the crash, and the motorcyclist fled eastbound on River.
Video obtained by CityNews shows the moments the motorcycle hits the cyclist, with the former appearing to look back after coming into contact with the bike.
On Tuesday, police arrested 39-year-old Haider Ali Algarawi. He’s been charged with aggravated assault, dangerous operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm and failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.
He was expected to appear in court this morning.
David Shellnutt, known as The Biking Lawyer, told CityNews last week that the cyclist he represents is home from the hospital, but their injuries are “severe and orthopedic in nature.”
“Together, we can combat road violence and ensure those who present a threat to all of us are apprehended and their driving privileges suspended,” Shellnutt said.