Cyclist injured following car collision on pedestrian bridge in Hudson

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS

Tire tracks are visible towards the wooded pedestrian footbridge after an 18-year-old motorist drove his Honda Civic over it July 28, forcing a 16-year-old cyclist to fall off the bridge in avoiding a collision.

A 16-year-old cyclist was injured July 28 in Hudson’s Jack Layton Park the evening of July 28 after being struck by a car that was driving on a small wooden pedestrian bridge.

“It happened around 8 p.m.,” Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Aurélie Guindon told The Journal. “A motorist drove his car onto the bridge and hit the young girl on her bicycle, causing her to fall off the bridge.”

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS

The pedestrian foot bridge, the car, and the bicycle all sustained extensive damage. The bridge is closed until further notice.

The girl suffered an injury to her arm and was transported to hospital. Investigators questioned witnesses at the scene. The 18-year-old male driver of the car was questioned.

The bridge, which had just reopened following repair work after the 2019 flooding, is now closed again as it sustained damage in the incident. The Town of Hudson said it will be closed indefinitely.

A Town of Hudson employee who was at the scene the morning of July 29 told The Journal the car, a Honda Civic sedan, was heavily damaged and the bicycle was crushed.

The investigation is ongoing as police determine what charges will be laid.