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THE OTTAWA CITIZEN BREAKING NEWS AT OnAWACITIZEN.COM MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009 B3 CITY 'Sixth cyclist' picks up the torch for five friends injured in crash Julie Hakim intends to honour her riding pals by racing in the National Capital Triathlon on Saturday. As BRUCE WARD writes, winning is the last thing on her mind. Dr. Julie Hakim will compete in the National Capital Triathlon this Saturday after all. But her participation is not really about pushing herself to the limits of physical endurance. She's competing for something more important friendship, and making every day mean something. Hakim is the self-described "sixth cyclist," the one who overslept last Sunday and caught up with her friends at the scene of a horrifying hit-and-run accident just as an air ambulance helicopter was touching down. All five of Hakim's friends suffered significant injuries when struck by a minivan that pulled into the bike lane on the north side of March Road near Solandt Road shortly before 8 a.m. Three of the injured cyclists had intended to take part in the triathlon with Hakim, she says in a touching note on a triathletes' website. "It's taken a lot of thought and courage, but I've decided to continue with the tri even though they won't be there physically with me," she wrote. "I have to honour them in that way, and I want to cross the finish line with each of their numbers to pick up their medals for them." In her note, Hakim spoke of the anguish the accident has caused her. "I have been truly and utterly devastated by what I witnessed and the shock of seeing my friends and training partners so hurt. It's funny and sad that I never realized just how much of my life revolved around these five wonderful people they weren't just my friends and training group, but my support system, my laughter, my relationship advisers, my nutritionists, my coaches, my motivators, my alarm clocks, my world." Hakim's injured friends "are all making progress, slow baby steps forward every day," she reported. "One of them is still in the ICU and needs all your positive energy and good thoughts." The five riders Robert Wein, Hilary McNamee, Mark White, Rob Harland Moufid: 'Never had any Continued from PAGE Bl The Community Justice Program provides community-based sanctions as an alternative to prosecution for low-risk adult offenders who have had limited or no previous involvement in the court system Assistant Crown attorney! ;Natasha Ihnat, who screened Moufid's case for participation in the program, said the resolution was reached in consultation with university officials, Ottawa police, the Crown attorney's office and Moufid's lawyer. Attempts to reach Moufid, who has left Ottawa, were unsuccessful. Moufid, 21, was charged after sending a 16-page report to university administrators and students under the pseu- ' f. . ' hVn d i Him) " r. L ';iifXM MMk WvL ".mi I . w Xmmkr I? in : From left, Robert Wein, Cathy Anderson and Hilary McNamee were three of the five cyclists injured eight days ago when they were struck by a van while riding through Kanata. Wein is in critical condition and McNamee is in serious condition at The Ottawa Hospital. Anderson is recovering at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital. , 4-. v From left, Hilary McNamee, Rob Harland, who was the least seriously hurt of the five riders, Julie Hakim, Cathy Anderson, and Mark White, who is in serious condition. and Cathy Anderson are still in hospital Wein is listed in critical condition with a brain injury. McNamee and White remain in serious con-ditioa The Ottawa Hospital was not able to provide status information about Harland, the least seriously injured of the five. Anderson continues to recover at Queensway-Carleton Hospital, a spokeswoman said. Sommit Luangpakham, the driver of the van that allegedly hit the riders, was released on bail Thursday. He faces COLE GARSIDE, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Mansour Moufid has left Carleton University. donym "Kasper Holmberg" in which he showed he had accessed the Campus Card accounts of 32 students. 7 . ... ' '7 1 III i .in five counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm. Hakim also wrote that her circle of friends wants to replace some of the gear damaged in the accident including items that were taken from the scene. "Our group of friends was going to try to keep their spirits up by helping them get back some of the gear that got destroyed in the accident (and, if you can believe it, some of it got stolen from the accident scene). "I know that all of them, as intention to harm' fellow students Moufid could have read student e-mails, course registrations, library records and personal financial information, as well as accessed any money students put on their cards. But he states in his report that was not his intent. Instead, it was to encourage the university to improve its security. After being charged, Moufid told the Citizen he planned to quit school rather than accept the sanctions the school attempted to impose on him for violating Carleton University's Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy. Those sanctions included: paying $608 for the cost of 32 new student cards; paying $2,160 for the cost of extra security staff for the residence buildings "due to the jo . V .. . i i. I'm sure you all can relate, were very much into their gear: from bikes, to shoes, to sweat-wicking clothing, etc. If any of you might have contacts at any of the bikerunswim companies that would help us replace their gear, that would be so wonderful. I know that it would encourage them to get through the long months of physio ahead if they had bikes waiting for them to use when they are physically able to again." She said a table will be set up at the triathlon "with a unknown risk caused by the breach of the campus card system" seven hours of community service per week at a food bank; completion of an ethics course; that Moufid allow the university to monitor all his online activity through any Carleton University server, and that if Moufid violated the university's student policy again, he would be expelled. However, it was a final condition, a letter of apology to the 32 students whose accounts he accessed, the university and the university community, that must have included the statement "that you lied about alerting the university before distribution (of the report)" that most up- f I ! " I . , .J. i MICHAEL BENNETT PHOTO I have been truly and utterly devastated by what I witnessed and the shock of seeing my friends and training partners so hurt. It's funny and sad that I never realized just how much of my life revolved around these five wonderful people JULIE HAKIM small 'get well soon' book for each of Rob, Cathy, Harland, Hilary, and Mark ... I know it would mean a lot to each of them if you wrote them a small message of encouragement ... I know they will be so touched to read it as they embark on their recoveries. "And please please hug your training partners today and tell them how much their time and sweat means to you." Hakim expressed her personal thanks to well-wishers "for all the warm thoughts ... and prayers you've sent in the few days. I saw all your notes on the trirudy listserve that I read while sitting in the ICU holding my friend's hand as he lay there. It meant so much tome." set Moufid. "They're asking me to say I did something I didn't do," said Moufid, who told the Citizen he mailed a copy of his technical report to Carleton's Information Privacy Officer and its information co-ordi-nator in mid-August, two weeks before he sent it to the affected students and campus media. In a statement of defence provided to university administrators, Moufid wrote that he "never had any intention to harm my fellow students or Carleton University in any way," and that his ultimate goal was to see security improved. Moufid said the system wasn't difficult to crack and that he first noticed its vulnerability the previous year, f9 OPP officer faces drunk driving charge A detective with the Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police is facing charges of impaired driving after he was arrested by a feDow officer during an investigation in Montague Township Saturday afternooa At about 3:55 p.m., a plainclothes detective arrived at a home on Roger Stevens Drive to assist with an unrelated investigation, according to an OPP press release. An on-duty sergeant then placed the detective under arrest for impaired driving. Det. Const Steve Brown has been charged with impaired driving. He has been with the OPP for 15 years. Thieves make off with berry stand cash A berry vendor in Manotick lost the day's earnings and a cellphone to thieves Sunday afternooa The Ovens Berry Farm stand, set up to sell raspberries and sweet corn, in front of the Giant Tiger on Maple Street was approached by three teenage males, believed to be 16 or 17 years old. The teens allegedly pushed the 17-year-old male vendor . and made off with his fanny pack. One of the suspects was wearing a blue shirt. The amount of cash taken is still unknown. The berry stand attendant was not injured. Cash, bottle of wine taken in robbery Just under $300 in cash and a single bottle of wine were stolen from the Westgate Mall Wme Rack outlet Sunday afternoon by an unarmed man in his mid-20s. The theft occurred at about 4:30 p.m. The suspect is described as white, English-speaking, with a medium build and dark, short hair. He stands about five feet, 10 inches and was wearing a blue, zippered hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, police said. Girl, 17, assaulted at Westboro station Ottawa police are looking for a suspect in his early 20s after a 17-year-old girl was knocked to the ground and inappropriately touched at about u p.m. Saturday outside the Transitway station at Scott Street and Athlone Avenue in Westboro. The girl fought the attacker who left and walk southward across the Transitway, according to police. The teen screamed for help and police were called. The attacker is described as white, between 165 and 175 pounds, with a very fair complexion, close-cropped naturally blond hair, blue eyes, and no apparent facial hair. He was wearing a light royal blue T-shirt, possibly with a white or yellow embroidered logo, baggy pants, possibly jeans. Anyone with informa tion is asked to call the police sexual assault unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944. but didn't write the report until the summer. The campus cards are used like debit cards throughout campus, and Moufid said he was able to easily crack the system by using a computer program that captured information when the cards were swiped. The cards do not require students to enter a personal identification number or PIN. Moufid admitted that he probably could have done things clifferently to prove his point in a way that would have been more favourable to the university, but he added that he doesn't think they would have taken it seriously. "To make them do something, you have to at least let them believe that it could be made public," he said at the time. aseymourthecitizen. canwest.com

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