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Cyclist dies from Carling collision injuries.

February 22nd, 2012

EMC News.
Feb 22, 2012.

Nathan Anderson is being remembered by his family as someone who enjoyed biking, walking and using public transit to get around the city.

On Feb. 19, the 32 year-old man died in hospital after being critically after colliding with a car at the Hampton Park Plaza on Feb. 2.

“The parents, sister and extended family of Nathan William Anderson, citizen of Ottawa and committed cyclist, would like to thank the people of Ottawa who worked so diligently to protect his life,” the family said in a statement, adding that they are asking for privacy during this difficult time.

Ottawa Police said a 44 year-old man who charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm and impaired operation of a motor vehicle will have his charges upgraded.

“As part of the investigation, we will look at getting more information to see what upgrades to the charges will be,” said Const. Henri Lanctôt of the Ottawa Police. “It’s hard to say right now.”

The collision happened just after 2 p.m. at the plaza, and paramedics said Anderson had suffered serious head injuries.

Lanctôt said while he’s not sure of the exact statistics, impaired driving cases don’t seem to happen as often during the day.

“It’s something we see more prevalent at night,” he said. “It’s very unfortunate.”

The Anderson family also wanted to thank the employees of the nearby LCBO, emergency service staff and Civic hospital staff for everything they did to help.

“For days, the Ottawa Civic hospital staff devoted their skills and efforts to treating and watching over Nathan 24 hours a day, trying to save him.  We will never forget their devotion or their compassion toward their patient and this family,” the statement read. “Please keep on doing whatever you can to keep the streets of Ottawa safe for its cyclists and pedestrians.”

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