Wendal Carkner-R.I.P, Ottawa cyclist, bicycle accident

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer, Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…I am so sorry to report  that Wendal Carkner has succombed to his injuries and has died..My thoughts are now with the Carkner family and the friends of Wendal Carkner…

A 71-year-old cyclist who was left in life-threatening condition in hospital after being struck by a car in the city’s south end Sept. 25 has died, police said Wednesday. Wendal Carkner of Ottawa died in hospital Saturday, exactly three weeks after being struck while he rode in the southbound lanes of Hawthorne Road.Paramedics said at the time they arrived at the scene just north of Hunt Club Road at 12:37 p.m., where they found Carkner with critical injuries to his head and chest. He had been travelling southbound on the bike lane when his bicycle veered two lanes to the left into a lane where a turquoise Ford Taurus was also heading south, said Const. Alain Boucher of the Ottawa police collision investigation unit. “For unknown reasons, the cyclist drifted over to that lane,” said Boucher, adding that the male driver of the Taurus tried to stop, but the bike’s movement was too sudden.

The car collided with the back of the white iGo bike. Carkner struck the windshield of the car and was thrown some distance. He had no vital signs when paramedics arrived within three minutes of receiving the call. Paramedics were able to re-establish a pulse en route to hospital. Paramedics said two off-duty trauma and emergency doctors stopped to assist at the scene. The driver of the car was not injure  Boucher said at the time that it was too early to determine whether charges will be laid, but he added that speed did not appear to be a factor.Police said Wednesday the investigation is continuing.

Original report: A 71-year-old  cyclist is fighting for his life and is in life-threatening condition after he was hit by a car on Hawthorne Road, just north of Hunt Club Road, in  Ottawa’s south end this afternoon. The male had no vital signs when paramedics arrived at the scene, but fortunately, his pulse was brought back en route to hospital. He suffered serious personal injuries to his head and chest. Thankfully, the Ottawa cyclist was wearing a helmet, but the helmet shattered after the man struck the windshield of the car and was thrown “a significant distance”, said Paul Morneau of the Ottawa Paramedic Service. I will be thinking of this man and his family and hope to soon be able to provide a positive update….

original story:

A 71-year-old cyclist is in life-threatening condition in hospital after being struck by a car in the city’s south end on Saturday afternoon.

Paramedics arrived at Hawthorne Road just north of Hunt Club Road at 12:37 p.m., where they found the man with critical traumatic injuries to his head and chest.

 The man had been travelling southbound on the bike lane when his bicycle veered two lanes to the left into a lane where a turquoise Ford Taurus was also heading south, said Const. Alain Boucher of the Ottawa Police collision investigation unit.“For unknown reasons, the cyclist drifted over to that lane,” said Boucher, adding that the male driver of the Taurus tried to stop, but the bike’s movement was too sudden.

The car collided with the back of the white iGo bike. The cyclist struck the windshield of the car and was thrown some distance. He had no vital signs when paramedics arrived within three minutes of receiving the call. Paramedics were able to re-establish a pulse en route to hospital, but the man’s condition remained life-threatening. Paramedics said two off-duty trauma and emergency doctors stopped to assist at the scene. Collision investigators were still on scene at about 5 p.m. Orange pylons blocked off the area where the accident occurred. A red helmet lay broken on the road beside a pair of eyeglasses. A brown sandal could be seen under the car.Police had closed off Hawthorne Road between Hunt Club Road and Stevenage Drive.

The driver of the car was not injured.Boucher said it is too early to determine whether charges will be laid, but he added that speed does not appear to be a factor.

update: I am happy to report that this man’s condition is improving…David Hollingsworth, Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer…

The condition of a 71-year-old man who was brought back to life by paramedics over the weekend is improving. The man was found without vital signs after being struck by a car on Hawthorne Rd. Saturday. Monday police said the investigation is continuing, and the man’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.

He had been thrown a considerable distance, leaving the windshield of a Ford Escort bashed-in and cracked. The cyclist appeared to have cut across two lanes of traffic from the bike lane before the 12:30 p.m. crash, police said. The driver of the Escort told police he saw the cyclist only at the last minute.

Paramedics said the man received head and chest injuries.As two off-duty doctors stepped in to help, paramedics were able to re-inflate the man’s collapsing lungs and restart his heart.

 Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer   David Hollingsworth has been dedicated to helping Ottawa and Ontario bicycle accident victims since 1999.  With his extensive experience and knowledge of Ontario accidents and Ontario personal injury issues, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements  on behalf of his Ontario personal injury clients. David is dedicated to obtaining maximum compensation for his Ontario personal injury clients by offering  free consultations and making  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca mobile   (613) 978-9549      (613) 237-4922 ext.203

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