New charge surfaces after alleged fatal collision
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. email@example.com
He’s pretty bruised and banged up, but no broken bones.” Police spokesperson