Cyclist seriously injured by off-leash dog in Toronto begs owners to come forward
|globalnews.ca 20 Oct 2021 at 19:40|
Lying in a bed at Michael Garron Hospital , Tedd Dillon shows off a mug his twin sister gave him Tuesday when he celebrated his birthday.
But Dillon said there’s little to celebrate and is upset about the sudden halt to a year that had been going well professionally and was filled with plans for travel, including a fishing trip and a ski trip.
The 69-year-old suffered three fractures to his pelvis, a pulmonary embolism and is struggling to breathe — the result of a collision with an off-leash dog last Friday afternoon while Dillon was riding his bicycle along the Martin Goodman Trail.
Dillon, who stands six-foot-three and weighs 260 pounds, was riding his bicycle along the paved path next to Kew Beach when he noticed a mid-sized dog, roughly 70 pounds, careening towards him, chasing a squirrel.
“I’m looking and I’m thinking, oh my God. I put the brakes on so I’m stationary and this dog hits me,” said Dillon.
Dillon fell off his bicycle to the pavement below and could barely move as the dog ran off.
Good Samaritans came to his aide, but witnesses told him the dog’s owners, who were on rollerblades, took off.
“I would like them to accept responsibility and their insurance company could help me bridge the gap between the time that I am not working and when I can actually start to work again because this has taken a chunk out of my life.”