Charge laid in Listowel pedestrian collision
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Feb 04, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Charge laid in Listowel pedestrian collision

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NORTH PERTH – A charge has been laid against a North Perth resident following a collision between a pickup truck and a pedestrian in downtown Listowel.

John Yungblut, 57, has been charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

On Jan. 20, Yungblut was allegedly driving on Wallace Avenue North and turning left onto Inkerman Street East when he struck a 69-year-old woman crossing the street. The woman, Margaret Eskritt of Fordwich, was airlifted to London hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Sgt. Mike Scott of the North Perth OPP said there was no additional charge relating to the pedestrian death because the elements of the offence didn’t go beyond failing to yield.

“We can’t turn this into a dangerous driving, that’s what I’m trying to say,” Scott said. “One momentary lapse in attention caused a very tragic result, end of story.”

According to Scott, failing to yield to a pedestrian normally carries a penalty of a $180 fine and three demerit points. Yungblut is scheduled to attend provincial offences court in Stratford on April 10 to answer to the charge.

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