Kingston Transit driver charged after pedestrian struck and seriously injured

Kingston Police vehicles block King Street West after a pedestrain was struck by a Kingston Transit bus over the lunch hour on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. Photo by Peter McKenty/Kingstonist.

Update (Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at 10 a.m.):
The City of Kingston responded to Kingstonist’s inquiries late in the day on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, and indicated they would not be commenting on this matter.

Original article (Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022)
Kingston Police have confirmed that the bus driver involved in a collision with a pedestrian at the intersection of King Street West and Union Street has now been charged.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in the busy traffic hub of Portsmouth Village. At approximately 12:05 p.m., a Kingston Transit Bus, headed eastbound on King Street West, stuck a pedestrian who was crossing the roadway as the bus turned left onto Union Street. The pedestrian, described as a middle -to-senior-aged woman, was said to have serious-to-life-threatening injuries as a result, according to police who were on-scene immediately afterwards.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital by Frontenac Paramedics, while Kingston Police and workers from the City of Kingston quickly blocked the roadway on King Street West from McDonald Avenue/Heakes Lane to Church Street. Police were on scene for several hours carrying out their investigation.

Over a week later, the driver of the bus involved has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian, according to Const. Anthony Colangeli, Urban Foot Patrol/Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police.

“The pedestrian sustained serious, life-altering injuries,” he said in response to Kingstonist inquiries about the current status of the pedestrian.

Kingstonist has inquired with the City of Kingston for comment from Kingston Transit, specifically regarding what the charges mean for the driver involved moving forward. The City of Kingston did not immediately respond by time of publication. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

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