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Pedestrian Killed in St Catharines
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– On Saturday, July 5th, 2014 at approximately 4:10 a.m. the Niagara Regional Police Service, St. Catharines Fire Department and the Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Welland Avenue and Queen Street in the City of St Catharines, Ontario
Initial investigation revealed that shortly after 4:00 a.m., a complainant had called the OPP to report that a 2012 Dodge pickup truck was being driven east bound on the QEW near Seventh Street. The complainant told police the truck was being driven erratically and at a very high rate of speed.
An Ontario Provincial Police officer was on patrol in the area and quickly located and stopped the motor vehicle on Highway 406. As the officer police approached this vehicle it sped off at a high rate of speed. With the suspicions that the driver may have been impaired the OPP pursued followed this vehicle for a short distance before abandoning the pursuit for safety reasons.
The officer lost sight of the truck after it took the off ramp at Highway 406 and Fourth Avenue. This truck continued to drive at a high rate of speed east bound on Welland Avenue.
A very short time later Niagara Regional Police received a 911 call from a local resident near Welland Ave and Queen St. Responding officers from both Niagara and the OPP found the collision when he failed to navigate the right turn at Queen Street, where he lost control of the truck striking the pedestrian and the south east corner building.
Witnesses advised police that this male then reversed away from the victim and intersection and drove a short distance on Queen Street where he struck a tree. The lone male driver exited the driver’s seat and then ran from the scene failing to assist the pedestrian.
Niagara Regional Police Officers were in the area for an unrelated matter and searched for this driver. After an hour this male driver was located hiding in a nearby backyard. Pirasath Aiyathurai, 30years old from Brampton was transported to #1 District and is being charged with 5 alleged Criminal Code offences, which include, Flight from Police, Criminal Negligence Causing Death, Impaired Driving Causing Death, Failing to Remain at the Scene of an Accident and Driving While Disqualified
The 67 year old St Catharines victim was taken by ambulance to the St Catharines Health Sciences General Hospital Site in critical condition and then by air ambulance to the Hamilton Health Sciences General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The family of the deceased has requested that her name not be released to the public and wish to be given time to grieve their loss.
This collision remains under investigation by Detectives of the Niagara Regional Police Services Collision Reconstruction Unit and #1 District CIB. Any witnesses with information regarding this collision are asked to contact investigators at (905) 688-4111, extension 5500.