Driver charged in Laurier crash that killed cyclist Nusrat Jahan

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Ottawa police have charged the driver who struck and killed cyclist Nusrat Jahan in a collision that re-ignited a conversation on bicycle safety in the city.

Steven Bruce Conley, 38, was charged Friday with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

Both are hefty charges. The dangerous driving charge carries a maximum 14-year sentence upon conviction, while a successful conviction on criminal negligence causing death can carry a life sentence.

Conley was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to be in court Oct. 3.

Conley was driving a dump truck for Tomlinson last Thursday when he struck Jahan, 23, at the intersection of Laurier Avenue West and Lyon Street.

From an assessment at the scene, it appeared the truck and bike were both traveling eastbound along Laurier, which has a dedicated bike lane, when the truck made a right turn onto Lyon.

Jahan was struck and pinned under the truck, and was pronounced dead on the scene at 8 a.m., paramedics said.

Police are hoping to speak to witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call the collision investigation unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 2481.

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