RENNIES ROAD - The name of the deceased from Saturday night's fatal van/bicycle collision is Elizabeth Ann Sovis, 63, of Edmonton, Alta.
Sovis was riding her bicycle with her partner along Route 13 on Rennies Road when she was struck by a van from behind. The other bicyclist was not injured.
The 49-year-old male driver of the van is expected to appear late this afternoon before a Justice of the Peace in Charlottetown to formally face a charge of impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death. The police are asking the Crown to seek a remand into custody so a show cause hearing can be held at a later date.
Cyclists plan tribute tonight with special ride
After the collision, the motorist left the scene but returned a short time later and was arrested at the scene for impaired driving causing death after providing breath samples well above the legal limit.
Meanwhile, Cycling P.E.I. is organizing a special ride this evening in memory of Sovis. Riders are asked to gather in the parking lot of the Hunter River Lions Club with the ride beginning at 6 p.m. "The issues surrounding this tragedy need to be adressed to the public by cyclists so please come out if you can. cycling, walking, strolling is all encouraged," said Cycling P.E.I. member Kris Taylor.