Driver charged in death of St. Catharines pedestrian

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

A Peterborough man has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) in connection with a pedestrian fatality last fall.

On September 30, 2016, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a 73-year-old St. Catharines woman was crossing Lansdowne Street East between Ashburnham Road and River Road South when she was struck by a car.

The woman was taken to hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Friends and family on social media identified her as 73-year-old Martha Coffey, an accomplished masters rower with the Argonaut Rowing Club in Toronto. She was visiting Peterborough to compete and umpire at the Head of the Trent during Trent University’s homecoming weekend.

The Peterborough Police Accident Reconstruction Team investigated the incident.

As a result of the investigation, a 31-year-old Peterborough man has been charged with careless driving (under section 130 of the HTA) and operating a vehicle with a defective braking system (under section 64(7) of the HTA).

On January 4, the man was served with a summons. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 27.

Police state they are not releasing the name of the man since “the charges fall under the Highway Traffic Act and no criminal charges are associated.”


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