Charges pending after pedestrian struck and killed in north Edmonton parking lot

A 50-year-old woman has died in hospital after being struck by a vehicle in north Edmonton Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 2:15 p.m. in a shopping centre parking lot near 137 Ave and 135 St.

According to police, the woman was walking towards a nearby store when she was hit.

“The female was subsequently struck by a vehicle crossing into the parking lot as she was trying to make her way into some of the businesses here,” Cst. Pierre Lemire of the Edmonton Police Service said.

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A 32-year old woman driving a Ford Escape stopped at a five-way stop sign marked intersection to allow the woman to cross, police said.

“At the same time, a 79-year-old male driver of a Kia Sportage proceeded through the intersection, striking the Ford Escape from behind, causing the Kia to accelerate across a curb and rock median striking the woman and driving over top of her,” police said in a release Saturday evening.

Firefighters had to pull the woman from beneath the vehicle after she became pinned under the Kia.

“It would appear that one vehicle had stopped to allow the pedestrian to go by, unfortunately the other vehicle failed to negoiate properly and subsequently drove around the first vehicle striking the female,” Cst. Lemire said.

She was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where she died of her injuries.

Lemire said the family had been notified but the victim’s name would not be released at this time.

Charges are pending against the 79-year-old driver.


UPDATED: Winnipeg plane crash victims identified

WINNIPEG – The Royal Canadian Air Force has identified the two men killed in a plane crash on the outskirts of Winnipeg Friday morning as Capt. Bradley Ashcroft and Capt. Zachary Cloutier-Gill.

Capt. Ashcroft had served in the Armed Forces for over nine years and was a member of the Construction Engineering Branch based in Winnipeg.

Capt. Cloutier-Gill was an Air Combat Systems Officer and part of the Air Mobility Section based in Winnipeg. He had been a member of the Armed Forces for nearly 12 years.

The Transportation Safety Board released photos of the deadly plane crash that claimed two lives on the outskirts of Winnipeg.

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“This is a sad day for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces. We have lost two members of our military family who served their country well. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and loved ones, whom we are working to support in the wake of this tragedy,” read a statement released by Major-General Christian Drouin, commander of 1 Air Division and the Canadian Norad Region.

The crash happened on Friday morning at around 10 a.m. several kms north of Highway 1 between the Red River Floodway and the city’s water treatment plant.

It caused a black plume of smoke to rise into the sky and the wreckage caught fire after it hit the ground.

The plane, a Piper PA 28, belonged to the Manitoba chapter of the Recreational Aircraft Association that operates out of the Lyncrest airfield, located just a few kms from the crash site.

Capt. Cloutier-Gill and Capt. Ashcroft were not on duty at the time.

It’s still unclear what caused the plane to go down. The investigation is in the hands of the Transportation Safety Board.

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