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Ontario pedestrian accident kills 1

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Auto-Pedestrian Accidents on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

An Ontario accident resulted in the death of one pedestrian on July 5. Police suspected the driver involved was impaired at the time of the auto-pedestrian accident. They arrested the man and charged him with impaired driving causing death, criminal negligence causing death, flight from police and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

The accident occurred at about 4:10 a.m. in St. Catharines. Police responded to a call describing a pickup truck driving erratically and travelling at a very high rate of speed on the Queen Elizabeth Way highway. The pursuing officer suspected the driver was impaired but stopped chasing the truck when it sped away and exited the highway onto eastbound Welland Ave. for safety reasons.

Police said that the driver of the truck apparently lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Welland Ave. and Queen St. while attempting a right turn. The truck struck a 67-year-old woman, seriously injuring her. The man drove off and struck a tree before fleeing on foot. An emergency crew transported the woman to a St. Catharines hospital. She later needed to be airlifted to Hamilton Health Sciences General Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries. Officers later found the driver hiding in a nearby backyard. The 30-year-old Brampton man was arrested and charged.

Many families lose loved ones in impaired driving accidents each year, forcing them to cope with funerary expenses and other damages while grieving their losses. Personal injury lawyers could provide help to families who might be considering filing for compensation from impaired drivers through legal action.

Source: The Toronto Star, ‘Brampton man charged in death of woman killed by pickup truck in St. Catharines,” Katelyn Verstraten, July 5, 2014

Source: Black Burn News, “Man charged after pedestrian killed in Niagara”, July 05, 2014