UPDATE: Investigation reveals driver (age 16) and passenger (age 18) switched places at collision scene, pedestrian charged with assault

Ponoka County, Alberta – Ongoing investigation into the previously reported pedestrian collision on June 18 has led to more charges by the Rimbey RCMP.

RCMP have determined through witness evidence that the 16-year-old driver and 18-year-old passenger of the vehicle involved switched places. They are both facing charges of public mischief. Investigation into driving infractions under the Traffic Safety Act is ongoing.

The RCMP collision reconstructionist has been consulted.

Pedestrian Collision
(File Photo) Pedestrian Collision

The male pedestrian, from Calgary, has been charged with one count of assault and has a pending court date of September 2, 2020 in Rimbey.
Charges have not been sworn and consequently, the male cannot be named.

“This situation was escalated from the outset and as a result people were unnecessarily injured and scared” says Sergeant Pierre St-Cyr, Detachment Commander of Rimbey. “When the public has safety concerns, call 911 and let the RCMP manage the situation.”

BACKGROUND

June 19, 2020

Rimbey RCMP investigate motor vehicle collision/Hit and run causing bodily harm

Ponoka County, Alta. – On June 18 at 9:55 p.m., the Rimbey RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision with a pedestrian on Bridgeview Road and Canal Street in the area of Meridian Beach. A 54-year-old male was located at the scene and sustained serious, non life threatening injuries. The victim was air lifted by STARS to a Calgary hospital.

Investigation indicates that the 18-year-old male driver was driving in a careless manner and a pedestrian attempted to stop the vehicle by reaching inside it (through the passenger’s side window in an attempt to stop the driver from driving off). The pedestrian held on as the vehicle drove off dragging him along, then fell out of the vehicle and rolled on the road as the vehicle was in motion.

The driver was subsequently arrested and released on an Appearance Notice and will be charged with Failure to Remain at the Scene of a Collision / Causing Bodily Harm, as well as driving without a license.

The RCMP Collision Reconstructionist Section was called in, as well as the Forensics Identification Section to assist with the investigation.

The investigation into this collision remains ongoing, however no further updates from the RCMP will be provided.

Rimbey RCMP



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