A 69-year-old man is in hospital with a broken pelvis as a result of losing control of his bicycle and falling after a collision with an unleashed dog on a section of the Martin Goodman Trail through the Beach last Friday.
The incident took place at approximately 3:45 p.m. on the trail just west of the Kew Gardens Tennis Club courts on Friday, Oct. 15.
Toronto police are looking to identify and talk to the owners of the dog involved as they did not remain at the scene of the incident.
The injured man is a resident of the Coxwell and Ashland avenues area, his sister told Beach Metro News.
She has circulated a flyer in the Beach area asking anyone with information on the incident to come forward. The flyer includes a photo of her brother on the trail beside his crashed bike after the fall.
A police report said the dog was “a reddish, mid-sized dog of a spaniel/setter breed, with some white.”
Police said the dog’s owners were a man and woman in their 30s or 40s who were on roller blades.
“My hope is that they didn’t know their dog was involved in this,” said the man’s sister. “I hope someone would not be so callous that they would run away.”
Police are looking into the incident and are also appealing to members of the public who may have surveillance camera or dashcam footage of the area at the time to contact them.
Police can be reached at 416-808-5500, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 or online at https://www.222tips.com
The injured man’s sister said her brother will be in hospital for at least a month and is awaiting consultation with a surgeon.
“His pelvis is broken in three places. He is in bed and not allowed to move at all. He is being fed intravenously.”
UPDATE: The injured man is local resident Tedd Dillon and his sister Joan Weed has started a GoFundMe page to help him with some of the many costs he will be facing on his long journey to recovery. The GoFundMe page can be accessed at https://www.gofundme.com/f/dnr6wp-help-tedd-get-on-the-move-again?member=14800197&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2Binvitesupporters%2Bspider1c