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Ottawa police looking for witnesses in fatal cyclist hit and run downtown

The driver of the van which hit a 50-year-old cyclist, fled the scene and eventually abandoned the vehicle at the MacKenzie King Bridge. 

The Ottawa Police Service is asking for the public's help in tracking down the driver of a van, involved in a hit and run, which left a cyclist with life-threatening injuries downtown.

Officers say the collision happened at 7:20 a.m., Thursday, on Laurier Avenue West near Elgin Street. The vehicle and cyclist were both travelling west on Laurier Avenue West at the time. The driver then fled the scene of the collision. 

The abandoned vehicle was located on the MacKenzie King Bridge. 

The cyclist, in his 50's, suffered a critical head injury in the incident and was pronounced dead over the noon hour, Thursday.

Anyone who saw the collision, has video, cell phone images or dash cam video is asked to contact Ottawa police collision investigators at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481. 

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at 


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