Driver charged in Moun­tain crash

‘The woman crawled out some­how,’ says Good Sa­mar­i­tan who stopped to help

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - ROSIE-ANN GROVER rgrover@thes­pec.com 905-526-3404 | @RosieSpec

Po­lice say a driver in­volved a twove­hi­cle crash on Hamil­ton Moun­tain early Satur­day faces a slew of charges, in­clud­ing flight from po­lice and fail­ing to re­main at the scene.

Emer­gency crews were called to Up­per Sherman and Queens­dale Ave. around 10:30 a.m. when a Chevy Up­lan­der col­lided with a sec­ond ve­hi­cle, with two oc­cu­pants in­side.

The Up­lan­der rolled into a light pole and came to rest, crum­pled on the side­walk.

The woman was able to get out of the wreck­age.

“It was not a good scene,” said Tracy Vrkl­jan, a Good Sa­mar­i­tan who drove by and got out to help.

Vrkl­jan hap­pens to work with Vic­tim As­sis­tance, a group of spe­cially trained vol­un­teers who help peo­ple cope dur­ing a cri­sis in­clud­ing se­ri­ous or fa­tal crashes. She’s called to scenes that the On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice Burling­ton de­tach­ment is called to.

Satur­day, how­ever, she was off duty and driv­ing with her hus­band when she passed the wreck­age just sec­onds af­ter it hap­pened.

De­spite her ex­pe­ri­ence at tragic scenes, the ac­ci­dent was still up­set­ting, Vrkl­jan said.

“My role is to sup­port wit­nesses or vic­tims at the scene,” she said. “I’m no stranger to it at all.

“There was no po­lice or medics there yet.”

Vrkl­jan said she checked on all oc­cu­pants. Ev­ery­one was out of their cars, in­clud­ing the fe­male driver who struck the pole.

“The woman crawled out some­how. She was across the street.”

From that mo­ment, the driver’s ac­tions are un­clear as po­lice al­lege she fled.

“She left the scene and was ar­rested a short dis­tance away,” said Hamil­ton po­lice Staff Sgt. Robin Ab­bott.

She was taken to hos­pi­tal with non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

The ac­cused is a 27-year-old woman from Hamil­ton. She’s charged with one count of flight from po­lice, fail­ing to re­main at the scene, dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, driv­ing un­der sus­pen­sion, and two counts of fail­ing to com­ply with re­cog­ni­zance.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF TRACY VRKL­JAN

One per­son suf­fered mi­nor in­juries af­ter a se­ri­ous crash at Up­per Sherman and Queens­dale Av­enue on Satur­day.

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