The 13-year-old cyclist who died following a collision on Tuesday has been identified as Simon Peter Khouri.
The 13-year-old boy who died after the bicycle he was riding collided with a car in Orléans on Tuesday has been identified as Simon Peter Khouri.In an obituary, Khouri is identified as the son of Bassel Khouri and Ragheda Watfa and the brother of Alex William Khouri. The obituary said he will be missed by friends and relatives in Canada, Syria and Australia.Khouri died after his bicycle was struck by a car on Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard at the westbound on-ramp to Highway 174 shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. When paramedics arrived on the scene they found him with trauma to multiple systems of his body and in cardiac arrest. Paramedics continued resuscitation efforts on the way to the trauma centre, but were unable to revive the boy. He was pronounced dead in hospital.It was the second collision involving a teen cyclist on Tuesday, igniting a debate about cycling safety in Ottawa, particularly crossing the Queensway on Jeanne D’Arc, as well as online debate between city councillors about how to address it. Earlier that day during the morning rush hour, a cyclist in her late teens was struck by a vehicle in the Britannia area. She sustained minor injuries.In an interview with this newspaper on Wednesday, Robert Ryan, 79, the driver of the car that struck Khouri, said three young cyclists, who appeared to be riding together, suddenly crossed out into the road at the westbound 174 on-ramp off of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard. Ryan said the first two rode their bicycles in front of his vehicle, but a collision was narrowly avoided. Ryan hit the third cyclist.No charges have been laid.A visitation for Simon Khouri will be held on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Rd. at Albion Road.A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Saint Paul Syriac Catholic Church, 1244 Kilborn Pl.ALSO IN THE NEWSHelicopter flyover at RedBlacks’ Canadian Forces appreciation nightMissing woman last seen boarding bus to North Bay June 1Croix Rouge offers new aid to Outaouais flood victims