October 2011

Coroner to investigate cycling deaths

The Office of the Chief Coroner will review cycling deaths across the province, announced Dr. Andrew McCallum, Chief Coroner for Ontario, on Oct. 24, 2011. The review is being undertaken as a result of public concern surrounding the issue of cycling safety, he said. Between 15 and 20 cyclists are killed on average each year in Ontario. The review will be led by Dr. Dan Cass, Regional Supervising Coroner - Toronto West Region, and will include deaths from 2006 to 2010. The purpose of the review is to identify common factors that may have played a role in the deaths, and where possible, to make recommendations to prevent similar deaths. The review is expected to be completed in spring 2012.

A report will be issued at its conclusion. "Cycling activity is increasing in many parts of the province and like other users of our roadways, cyclists ought to be safe," Dr. McCallum said in a statement. "By examining these deaths, we hope to find ways to increase their safety."

Members of the public are invited to offer comments or recommendations to the review panel before Nov. 30, 2011, by writing to: Dr. Dan Cass - Regional Supervising Coroner - Toronto West Region

Office of the Chief Coroner
26 Grenville Street
Toronto ON M7A 2G7
Occo.inquiries@ontario.ca

Updated October 24, 2011