Police believe alcohol was a factor in the fatal collision at Kingsway Ave. and 113th St.

A 16-year-old girl is dead after being hit by the driver of a pickup truck in a marked crosswalk Sunday night, police say.

On Monday morning, police charged Shane Stevenson, 47, with impaired driving causing death; over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood causing death; and hit-and-run causing death.

Family and friends have identified the teenager as Chloe Wiwchar.

According to a pol ice press release, the driver took off after hitting Wiwchar while she was crossing at 113th St. and Kingsway Ave. just before 11 p.m.

An off-duty Edmonton Police Service member was stopped at the crosswalk waiting for

Wiwchar when the hit-and-run occurred. After checking on the pedestrian, the officer followed the truck while providing information to 911 dispatch.

Officers sent to the area arrested the truck driver “a short while later” north of 107th Ave. near 108th St., according to the release.

Kingsway Ave. eastbound was shut down Monday morning from 109th St. to 113th St. while the EPS Major Collision Investigation Unit remained on scene.

A woman who identified herself as Wiwchar’s mother wrote an impassioned message on Facebook as news of the girl’s death spread.

“It is with ... sorrow and shattered ... hearts that our family must announce the passing of my daughter Chloe. One of the brightest lights in my life has been taken from us,” wrote Holly Lucier.

“I am struggling with the words of this post as it is not something I ever thought I would have to write. I wanted to make sure that friends knew of her passing, but just seeing these words brings reality that much closer.”

Edmonton became the first major Canadian city to adopt the Vision Zero strategy in 2015 in an effort to eliminate traffic-related injuries and fatalities. Part of that effort is a 30 km/h speed limit in all residential areas, proposed by city administration, that council will debate on Wednesday.

The city created an Office of Traffic Safety in 2006 after more than 8,200 people were injured or killed in collisions. In 2016, fewer than 3,400 people were injured or killed on city streets, marking a decrease of 59 per cent.

Source: The Star


Last updated on: 2018-05-31 | Link to this post