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04/29/2014 09:22 EDT | Updated 06/29/2014 05:59 EDT

City probes after Bixi cyclist killed by truck

The city is probing the death of a 33-year-old cyclist, who hit and killed by a truck yesterday while travelling under the Des Carrières overpass on St-Denis Street, just south of Rosemont Boulevard.

By all accounts, the woman was obeying the rules of the road — she was wearing a helmet, she was in the right hand lane and she was using one of the city’s Bixi bikes.

The driver of the tractor-trailer flatbed truck told police he didn't see a thing.

Aref Salem, the executive committee member responsible for transportation, told CBC’s Daybreak that it’s possible the truck wasn’t following the rules.

“There is a plan for the trucks. They have to use certain arteries in Montreal. I have to do a follow-up at least to see what is going on there," Salem said.

He says it's possible the truck was not legally allowed to be driving along that section of St-Denis Street at that time.

Frustration mounts as city mourns cyclist

On Tuesday morning, flowers were laid out in memorial near the site of the crash.

Graffiti sprayed on the sidewalk suggested the public’s growing frustration: Mort cycliste, ville complice (Dead cyclist, complicit city).

That frustration has garnered the sympathy of at least one city council member.

Plateau—Mont-Royal borough mayor Luc Ferrandez said Montrealers are, “fed up and tired” and it’s time for the city to reflect on its traffic management. 

But Salem says no one is to blame for what happened.

“You can’t blame anyone. It’s a tragic death and it’s an accident,” Salem said.

He acknowledges more needs to be done to prevent future accidents.

“I agree that road is not safe. I agree we have to do an intervention.”

He says there is a plan to deal with the city’s notoriously dangerous intersections, but "we cannot change the whole city in two days.”