I wonder if this will be enough.
Monday, Waterloo Region Police announced that a 31-year-old St. Clements man has been charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act in the June 25 death of 52-year-old Barrie Conrod of Waterloo.
You may recall that Conrod was killed after being struck from behind while on a Sunday ride with his wife, Heather Caron, on a Wellesley Township road. He died at the scene.
Dale Wideman will appear in court on Aug. 27 to face a single charge in Conrod's death.
Following the crash, there was an outpouring of support from family, friends and the greater cycling community for Caron, which developed into the memorial ride for Barrie Conrod. Some 500 cyclists of all types and stripes came out to show their support for Caron, and to make a statement about how safe they want to feel on our area roads.
The charge that has been laid is a Highway Traffic Act offence, not a Criminal Code offence. It is punishable, if there is a conviction, by a fine of $400 minimum and $2,000 maximum. There is also the possibility of a six-month jail term, but the jail term is not automatic on conviction, and there is also a possible loss of the motorist's licence for two years. On conviction, there is no criminal record.
I wonder if the cycling community will feel that this charge does not respect their greater interests. It is not that the cycling community will want to see the motorist face a heftier punishment, but that the cycling community will want to see this case be deemed worthy of a significant prosecution.
How much effort is the death of a cyclist worth?