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Police charge man in hit-and-run that killed NOTL cyclist, 84
Niagara Regional Police have charged Richard Alan Moore in the hit-and-run that killed Nestor Chemerika. FILE

Police have charged a 37-year-old man in the fatal hit-and-run collision that killed a Niagara-on-the-Lake cyclist in July.

Niagara Regional Police detectives arrested a man Tuesday in the death of 84-year-old Nestor Chemerika.

He had been cycling on East and West Line near Concession 2 Road when a pick-up truck struck him and left the scene.

Chemerika died in Hamilton hospital on July 25.

Richard Alan Moore of Niagara Falls faces a Criminal Code charge of failing to stop after an accident causing death and also careless driving causing death, under the Highway Traffic Act.

As previously reported by The Lake Report, Chemerika was riding his bike on East and West Line about 7:50 p.m. on July 13 when he was struck from behind.

Investigators said that after hitting Chemerika and leaving him unattended in the north-side ditch, the vehicle fled southbound down Concession 2 to York Road, where it turned west toward St. Davids.

Once in St. Davids the pickup turned down Four Mile Creek Road and headed to Niagara Falls.

Police seized a pewter-coloured 1999 GMC Sierra pickup in Niagara Falls six days later.

A police statement about the seized vehicle said “detectives noted that the damaged areas had recently undergone repair.”

The truck was repaired with used GMC auto parts, including a used grill, passenger side headlights and a passenger-side mirror, police said.

After it was seized, the pickup truck was sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto for a detailed forensic examination.


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