Update: see previous post – June 14, 2016 Driver on trial for P.E.I. crash involving cyclist
Cyclist Alan Stanley said it was a ‘beautiful day’ before accident happened
Alan Stanley was seated in his wheelchair in the witness stand Wednesday as he testified in Charlottetown Provincial Court about the crash involving his bicycle and a car last August.
“It was a beautiful summer day,” he said as testimony began. “We were near the end of the ride when it happened. We’d gone about 90 kilometres.”
Stanley was headed south on Brackley Point Road in Charlottetown with a group of about 20 or 30 cyclists on Aug. 1, 2015, when his bike collided with an on-coming car that was making a left turn.
Jordan Arsenault-Loeman, 26, of Saint John, N.B., has pleaded not guilty to making an unsafe turn, under the Highway Traffic Act.
Often led the pack
Wednesday morning, a fellow cyclist testified Stanley was one of the fastest riders in their group, and often led the pack.
She also testified Stanley “broke the rules of the road” once in a while, such as exceeding the speed limit or going through stop signs.
“But only when there were no cars in sight and it was safe,” she testified.
The court also examined speed data downloaded from a GPS one of the cyclists had on his bike.
40 km per hour
That data shows the cyclists were coasting downhill at about 40 kilometres per hour just before the crash took place.
The speed limit was 50.
Drivers have testified traffic was heavy and moving slowly.
The cyclists were using the south-bound bike lane on Brackley Point Road.
Stanley has filed a civil suit against the driver.
The driver has filed a statement of defence claiming he is not at fault.