NEWS
11/10/2011 04:51 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Toronto man charged after car mounts sidewalk, knocks cyclist to ground

TORONTO - An angry confrontation between a Toronto cyclist and a motorist ended with the driver deliberately forcing the cyclist off the road and knocking her to the ground, police said Thursday.

A man faces several charges in the incident that unfolded Wednesday morning on a west-end street.

Police say a 35-year-old woman was riding her bike in the city's west end when she got into the left lane in order to make a left turn.

A 38-year-old man driving a car behind the woman also wanted to make a left turn, police said, adding the driver went into the oncoming lane to pass the cyclist.

Shortly afterwards, an argument ensued between the two, police said.

It's alleged the man turned his car toward the woman, forcing her onto the sidewalk. The driver then drove up onto the sidewalk and continued alongside the cyclist before striking her with his car and knocking her to the ground.

The woman sustained minor injuries and was aided by witnesses at the scene, police said. The car driver fled but later turned himself in to police.

Matthew Nettleton, 38, of Toronto, is charged with failing to stop after an accident, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assault with a weapon. He's due in court Dec. 21

The incident happened just two days after a 38-year-old woman was struck and killed by a truck as she rode her bike on another west-end Toronto street.

Friends said Jenna Morrison, who was pregnant, was headed to pick up her five-year-old son when she was hit. No charges have been laid.

At a memorial on Wednesday, some criticized the lack of cycling infrastructure in Canada's most populous city. Others said safety measures, such as skirts for the bottom of trucks, should be implemented.

About 15 to 20 cyclists die each year in Ontario from injuries suffered on their bikes. That statistic has prompted Ontario's chief coroner to launch a review of cycling deaths in the province from 2006 to 2010.