New charge sur­faces af­ter al­leged fa­tal col­li­sion

The Beacon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - TERRY BRIDGE STAFF RE­PORTER

The prov­ince’s new careless driv­ing laws could be un­der the spot­light in a Strat­ford court­room next week af­ter a lo­cal woman was fa­tally in­jured while out for a walk in the city with her hus­band.

Two pedes­tri­ans were al­legedly struck by a motorist on Sept. 16 in Strat­ford, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. A woman was ini­tially taken to lo­cal hos­pi­tal and later trans­ferred to Lon­don, where she was listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Strat­ford res­i­dent Lor­raine Rid­gen, 57, died on Oct. 3, ac­cord­ing to an on­line obit­u­ary and con­firmed

Fri­day by a fam­ily spokesper­son. The al­leged driver has a court date sched­uled for Tues­day in

Strat­ford, mul­ti­ple sources con­firmed.

Ian MacArthur has been charged with careless driv­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm or death un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act, mul­ti­ple sources con­firmed Fri­day. The al­le­ga­tion has not been proven in court.

A woman was one of two pedes­tri­ans hit by a Nis­san Pathfinder turn­ing left on to Huron Street from John Street around 8:15 p.m. that mid- Septem­ber Sun­day, po­lice said at the time. The other pedes­trian, the woman’s hus­band, was taken to hos­pi­tal for pre­cau­tion­ary rea­sons and was later re­leased, po­lice said.

“He’s pretty bruised and banged up, but no bro­ken bones,” a po­lice spokesper­son said at the time.

The fam­ily spokesper­son said Fri­day 59-year-old Peter Rid­gen is “pretty OK,” but the fam­ily is still “griev­ing and up­set.”

The driver “was very dis­traught,” po­lice said at the time.

On Sept. 1 – about two weeks be­fore the al­leged in­ci­dent – the prov­ince in­tro­duced what it termed “tougher penal­ties for careless driv­ing and en­dan­ger­ing pedes­tri­ans.” In a press re­lease, the prov­ince said drivers con­victed of careless driv­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm or death could face fines from $2,000 to $50,000, six de­merit points, a driver’s li­cence sus­pen­sion of up to five years, and up to two years in jail. tbridge@post­media.com

He’s pretty bruised and banged up, but no bro­ken bones.” Po­lice spokesper­son

Rid­gen

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