11/21/2013 12:53 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 16:01 EST

Top Canadian squash player killed in accident while cycling in Toronto

TORONTO - One of Canada's top squash players has died after being hit by a car while cycling in Toronto.

Squash Canada confirmed in a release that Ottawa's Adrian Dudzicki died from injuries sustained in an accident on Wednesday when a vehicle struck him as he rode his bicycle to the National Squash Academy.

Dudzicki, 23, was born in Latina, Italy, and raised in the Ottawa area. He reached a career high ranking of No. 9 in Canada and No. 136 in the world in 2012.

"We lost one of our own (Wednesday), a great young man with a bright future in the game of squash, and he will be sorely missed around the squash courts," Squash Canada executive director Danny Da Costa said in a release.

Toronto police have charged Aleksey Aleksev, 20, of Toronto with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death stemming from a fatal collision with a cyclist Wednesday morning near the National Squash Academy. Police did not release the name of the victim.