Thursday, December 08, 2022

Driver had a suspended license in fatal Toronto accident: Police – Nation World News

A driver who fatally hit two pedestrians in Toronto before later being killed in a collision had multiple license restrictions that should have prevented him from getting behind the wheel, police said.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, was driving east along Lake Shore Boulevard West near Eighth Street at about 5:15 p.m. when he met what was perceived as a “minor sidewhip-style collision” with a parked van by police. was described. ,

Police said the driver had what appeared to be a seizure after the collision.

Officials said several people tried to provide assistance by breaking the window of the vehicle to gain access to the driver.

Emergency personnel attended, but police said the driver eventually re-entered his vehicle about 12 minutes later and fled the scene before officers arrived.

CP24 has since received video showing firefighters speaking with the man before leaving the scene.

Moments later, a 75-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were in a crosswalk at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Superior Avenue, about two and a half kilometers down the road from the initial crash site.

Police said the Cadillac was traveling at high speed as it approached the crosswalk and eventually hit both pedestrians without stopping.

Officials said the driver slammed his vehicle behind a parked flatbed trailer on the east side of the intersection.

Police said the driver of the Cadillac and both pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the police, there were several restrictions on the driver at the time of the accident. Those prohibitions included a Canada-wide Criminal Code driving prohibition and a provincial driver’s license medical suspension.

“Traditionally, when we are investigating a case, we are usually investigating with the intention of making criminal or provincial charges against someone by mistake. In this case, all participants are dead and As a result we think it is important that the public understand that the person driving this vehicle that caused this collision was, in fact, forbidden to drive on any road in the country.” Sub. Scott Baptiste told reporters during a news conference Friday morning.

Baptiste did not comment on the exact reasons behind the ban on the deceased to drive, but expressed his dismay at the fact that he opted to get behind the wheel.

He also said that the driver was not the registered owner and suggested that the police investigate how he came into possession of the Cadillac, and whether the registered owner was aware of his driving history.

When asked if charges could be leveled against the man, he said, “It is something that is part of the investigation, and if the evidence leads us in that direction, anything is possible.”

Police attend the scene of a collision in the west end of Toronto on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Canadian Press/Christopher Katsarov

Police are continuing to investigate the chain of confrontations and are asking any witnesses who may have happened or who are in possession of the video footage to come forward.

Baptiste said officers who responded to the scene on Thursday were shaken, but they were “doing as best they can under the circumstances.”

Meanwhile, in a statement released on Friday afternoon, Toronto Mayor John Tory called the collision heartbreaking.

He said he is getting regular updates from Police Chief James Ramer and is in touch with area councilor Mark Grimes to provide whatever assistance the city can provide to the community “as they face this terrible and unacceptable loss of life.” “

“On behalf of all residents of Toronto, I extend my condolences to the family and friends of the innocent victims of this senseless collision,” he said.

Police said the driver was hit at a red light when he hit pedestrians, although details about the moments immediately after the collision are still unclear.

On Friday, CP24 spoke to a witness who said it appeared as if the vehicle was speeding near a red light.

He later described the sound of a vehicle hitting the back of a flatbed trailer as a “bomb” going off after colliding with pedestrians.

“He was going fast, very fast. I can’t say exactly, but maybe 100 mph, not 100 kph,” said the man.

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