Third Line & Lakeshore closed after Fatal Collision on Sunday Evening

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Third Line & Lakeshore closed after Fatal Collision on Sunday Evening

On Friday November 18th, 2016, Joseph Drake, the driver involved in the fatal collision with a 57 year old cyclist (Stephen Smith), was charged with Careless Driving, contrary to section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act. Joseph Drake or his representative will appear in court on December 20th, 2016.

Original Post: August 15, 2016 at 7:55 AM

On Sunday, August 14, 2016 Halton Regional Police Service responded to a fatal collision at the intersection of Lakeshore Road West and Third Line in the community of Bronte in Oakville.

At approximately 7:04 pm, a Grey Saturn Vue was traveling westbound on Lakeshore Road West when it struck a cyclist from behind at the intersection of Third Line.

The Grey Saturn Vue was being operated by a 22 year old Oakville man who did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision.

The 57 year old cyclist was a resident of Oakville. The cyclist was transported to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Due to the nature of the collision, the Halton Regional Police Service Collision Reconstruction Unit has taken charge of the investigation. Lakeshore Road West at Third Line was closed for approximately 4 hours in all directions for the collision scene investigation.

The driver of the Saturn Vue was arrested on scene but later released unconditionally.

Charges in the collision have yet to be laid.

Witnesses to the collision are asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905 825-4747 extension 5065 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Readers Comments (7)

  1. Fraser Damoff says:

    What a tragedy. We need to start talking about dedicated bike lanes along Lakeshore.

    Share The Road

    • Jim Cox says:

      The Waterfront Trail is an off-road bike trail that goes through most of Oakville. At Third Line it is only on-road in the block of Third Line south of Lakeshore which has little traffic. Through Coronation Park the Trail is far safer for cyclists than any on-road dedicated bike lane.

      • Fraser Damoff says:

        Jim, I understand where you are coming from however the lakefront trail does not run throughout all of south Oakville (it is a patch-work system and requires riding on Lakeshore Rd for long stretches). Most cyclists understand that by law, bikes are a vehicle and belong on the road, not the sidewalk. When you consider that the Lakefront trail is used heavily as a walking path, it puts pedestrians at risk of a collision with a bike. Most experienced cyclists tend to stay off the Lakefront trail because of the large amount of walkers. The safest alternative to having bikes and cars together in a shared lane, is to have a dedicated, separated and maintained bike lane along Lakeshore. It will get the cyclists out of the way of cars, and cars out of the way of cyclists.

  2. Maria Pezzetta says:

    It is very hard on Lakeshore, because you have to go into the centre lane to get around cyclists. The road needs to be wider, so cars can get around the bicyclers. It’s hard on both cyclists and drivers.

  3. Alan Ellis says:

    I agree with Maria that several roads are too narrow and force motorists to cross into the opposite lane. Trafalgar south of Cornwall is another example. I disagree with Fraser stating “most cyclists” – I would say “many” as a very significant number of cyclists cannot make up their mind as where they are cyclists or pedestrians. They ride where they want and the direction they want, cycle against red lights. I was nearly run down by three teenagers on the sidewalk beside Second Cup in downtown Oakville. There seems to be no awareness of the rules for cyclists by cyclists and zero enforcement of those rules by police.

    • Fraser Damoff says:

      Alan, there are certainly cases of good and bad cyclists don’t get me wrong. I am simply referring to the “law-abiding” cyclists if you will that understand and abide by the law that says bicycles are vehicles and must be on the road.

      I agree with you on enforcement (or lack thereof) but would caution you on generalizing that it is always cyclists that break the law. I think we can both agree that better enforcement (and education) is needed for both drivers and cyclists (from everything to dooring cyclists, parking in bike lanes, running red lights/stop signs on a bike and improper lighting requirements).

  4. John McLaughlin says:

    Cars and bicycles shouldn’t be together. Safety has to be first – at all times. This is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.


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