A 21-year-old man faces impaired driving charges after allegedly driving an SUV in the wrong direction through a busy Garneau intersection early Friday, T-boning a car and killing the 40-year-old driver.

Police say a westbound Ford Escape was speeding down 83rd Avenue around 12:30 a.m., crossing four lanes of traffic on 109th Street, before crashing into a southbound Volkswagen GTI. The driver of the car, a 40-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several witnesses in the neighbourhood stopped to assist, police said. Emergency crews used the Jaws of Life on the car to free the injured female passenger, who is in her mid-30s. The SUV driver was taken to hospital, then later released. Neither person’s injuries is considered life-threatening.

Later in the morning, few signs remained of the accident other than scattered shards of windshield, a few pieces of glass and plastic. Police investigators left trails of spray paint following the paths of the two vehicles. One knocked over a bus sign, the other ended up in the corner of a grocery store parking lot.

Tyhler Kennedy Keith, 21, is charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, refusing a breath demand, dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The death is Edmonton’s 24th traffic fatality of the year.

Source: Edmonton Journal


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