After allegedly following a Toronto cyclist down a tight alleyway last week, an agitated driver blared his horn and declared, “Looks like another dead cyclist.”
Colin Powell claims the motorist was attempting to convince him from behind to steer his bicycle in another direction while approaching an alley close to Toronto’s Little Italy neighborhood. The driver’s constant screaming and honking eventually “rattled” Powell, who stopped his bike to collect himself after the alleged harasser yelled the aforementioned threat and began pulling into his garage.
“There’s no space to move. There’s definitely not space for a bike and a car to be next to each other,” Powell recalled to As It Happens CBC Radio host Carol Off.
The incident was immediately reported to Toronto police, who cited privacy concerns in declining to confirm whether an official report had been filed.
“This is a police matter and it’s not our job to tell the police how to do their jobs. But an act like that — a threat like that — needs to be followed up on,” said Toronto Coun. Mike Layton.
Toronto police last week arrested a 27-year-old Oshawa man now facing charges in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Jesse Petroff ended the life of a 50-year-old woman, later identified by family as Isabel Soria, when his Dodge Ram pickup truck struck her around 3 p.m. on June 11 at the intersection of Dufferin Street and Briar Hill Avenue. Police said surveillance footage and still, photos confirmed the driver left his stopped vehicle and approached the victim but immediately got back into his vehicle and fled the scene. Clear photos of the vehicle released Thursday accompanying a plea for citizens to provide any relevant information about its whereabouts and driver led to an arrest later that day.
Petroff now faces charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.
South Western Ontario
On Tuesday, separate collisions in the Sudbury, Ont. Area, on Highway 17, claimed two lives. According to the OPP, in the morning West of Sudbury, a tractor-trailer collided with a rock cut.
It happened east of the Walden Township, claiming the life of a 33-year-old woman. She was a passenger in the transport truck. The driver of the vehicle was charged with careless driving.
Four hours later, another collision occurred. It involved an SUV and a transport truck, killing a 65-year-old woman. She was the driver of the sports utility vehicle.
The driver of the transport suffered minor injuries. The police closed the two sites for investigation of the collisions.
On Monday afternoon, at 24 Snowberry Way, two firefighters got injured after falling through the floor that was collapsing. The two were volunteer firefighters who were fighting fire in a house in Stittsville, at the Southwest of Ottawa.
The Ottawa Fire Services say that the two fell into the basement, through the main floor. It is believed that the electric panel in the basement caused the fire after an electrical surge. But investigations on the incidence continue.
The two were rushed to a hospital and were listed as in stable condition. One of the firefighters who fell through the collapsing floor had to be rescued from the building. He was in an induced coma, but by Tuesday the Fire Chief informed the public that he was expected to recover, fully.
A senior woman, at the age of 76 was crossing a street in Paris, Ontario when a car hit her.
According to the police, the woman was crossing Silver Street in the morning at around 5:45 am, at Oak Street, when she was hit by a car.
She was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to her injuries. She died in hospital.
The police say that the driver is cooperating with investigations. Investigations about the crash are undergoing.
A car crashed outside a private home in St. Catharines, on Glenridge Road. The driver, a 26-year old man, is believed to have lost control of his Cadillac. And in turn, crashed into a tree in the front yard of the home.
The people within the vicinity rushed to help him after calling 911.
He was taken to a hospital for treatment out of the city and in life-threatening condition. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon.
A head-on collision resulted in the death of one person and two in life-threatening condition. The three were airlifted to a hospital in Orangeville. Later, the two were airlifted to Toronto, while still in critical condition.
The police will examine the black boxes of the vehicles involved in the accident, to help determine the cause of the collision.
According to the Star’s phone conversation with the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) Const. Paul Nancekivell. It can be that the conditions of the road, could have led to the accident.
Just on the first day of Snowmobile Safety Week, two snowmobilers went through the ice, on the lake. According to the Kawartha Now, the Police, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue, Paramedics were called to the site.
They were joined by part of the Canada Armed Forces. One of the riders was found and taken to the hospital. The health condition unknown.
The search for the other snowmobile rider resumed on Sunday. He was then found dead, at around 4:30 pm.
The Snowmobile Safety Week is a move by the OPP and Snowmobiles Club, to promote safety by snowmobilers. It will end on the 29th of this Month.
At around 1:30 pm, a driver rolled over in his car. The vehicle flipped as he was heading westbound on Highway 174, near Orléans Boulevard. Police and Emergency crews responded to the scene.
The highway was closed so that the debris from the rollover could be cleared. The driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Closure of the highway led to congestion, but the road was reopened later to allow for a smooth flow of traffic.
The event happened on Cope St. and Barton St. E, on Sunday morning around 1:50 am. Two vehicles were involved in a crash, a Chevrolet Trailblazer and a Ford Flex. The Chevrolet was heading east and vice-versa.
It is believed that the Trailblazer sideswiped the Ford before losing control. It then hit a fence and ended up on the front porch of a church, i.e. the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church.
The man and woman in the Chevrolet were rushed to hospital in critical condition while the driver of the Ford suffered minor injuries. He was taken to a hospital too and was released later.
The police are carrying out investigations on the crash.