Driver charged after crossing guard struck and sent to hospital

A Kingston Police Traffic Safety Unit cruiser. File photo by Daniel Tastard Homer/Kingstonist.

The driver involved in a collision with a crossing guard on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, has been charged, according to Kingston Police.

At approximately 8:43 a.m., Kingston Police were called to the intersection of Taylor Kidd Boulevard and Milford Drive. There, a crossing guard working to help students cross streets in the busy area had been struck by a vehicle, police confirmed later in the day.

“The investigating officer… indicated that the vehicle had turned left onto Taylor Kidd [Boulevard] from Milford [Drive] when the collision occurred,” said Constable Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police.

Gutheinz dispelled rumours circulating online that the driver had fled the scene after the incident. Instead, he explained, police spoke with the driver, who was then charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian. The crossing guard was transported to Kingston General Hospital (KGH) by Frontenac Paramedics to be assessed for “minor injuries,” police said.

There are a handful of elementary and secondary schools in the area where Milford Drive intersects Taylor Kidd Boulevard, the closest to the intersection being Archbishop O’Sullivan Catholic School.

This incident was the second involving a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in as many days, as a male was struck by a vehicle at Princess and Sydenham Streets on the morning of Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. That pedestrian, according to police, sustained “very minor injuries.”

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