An early morning collision in Kingston’s west end led to the assault of a witness, and five charges for the young driver involved, police say.
The incident began at approximately 1:45 a.m. on Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, when the female victim – also a driver – witnessed the accused man driving his vehicle at a high rate of speed westbound on Bath Road. The witness and victim had been driving behind the accused man, and noticed his elevated speeds, as well as the fact the vehicle’s taillights were not operating.
As he approached Collins Bay Road, the accused man lost control of his vehicle, leaving the roadway and hitting several parked cars in a parking lot before the vehicle flipped onto its roof and came to a stop. One of the vehicles that was hit in the collision was pushed through the front window of a local business adjacent to the parking lot.
The victim/witness stopped to offer assistance, and helped the accused man get out of his vehicle, at which point, the man attempted to flee the scene. The victim attempted to keep the accused man at the scene, but the accused man assaulted her several times, kicking, punching and attempting to bite her.
The accused man finally fled the scene, and the victim followed until Kingston Police arrived and arrested him. According to Kingston Police, the accused man was shirtless and wearing one boot at the time of his arrest. Police concluded that the accused man was impaired by alcohol.
The accused man was transported to Kingston General Hospital by Frontenac Paramedic Services to be treated for his injuries. He was then held in custody to attend a bail hearing.
The 19-year-old Kingston man was charged with assault, dangerous driving, impaired operation of a conveyance, leaving the scene of an accident, and breach of probation.