Montreal Street is closed from John Counter Boulevard to Railway Street after a vehicle collided with a residence at approximately 5 a.m. this morning.
Kingston Police, along with Kingston Fire and Rescue, and Utilities Kingston responded to the single motor vehicle collision on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, which occured just south of Hickson Avenue. A 2016 black Jeep Patriot left the roadway and struck the side of a single residence.
According to a release from Kingston Police, the vehicle had enough force and momentum that it broke through the wall of the house, entered into the residence, and came to rest in the basement. Police said luckily there were no injuries, although residents were inside the home at the time of the collision.
The occupants of the Jeep fled the scene on foot and Kingston Police are treating the incident as a Fail to Remain investigation.
Initial information suggests that possibly both male and female voices were heard from the final resting location of the Jeep before fleeing, according to the release. The vehicle had not been reported stolen but the registered owner has been contacted by Kingston Police, who are making inquiries to further the investigation.
Structural engineers from the City of Kingston are also at the site, in order to determine how to safely extricate the vehicle and to decide the status of the residence, police said.
Montreal Street will remain closed from John Counter Blvd to the north and Railway Street to the south for some period of time. Local residents and business owners are being allowed access when feasible, according to the release. Motorists or pedestrians coming from Hickson Ave, Harvey St, McKenna Ave and Hagerman Ave are asked to exit the area via Elliott Ave, but if necessary can go northbound only on Montreal Street.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kingston Police by calling 613-549-4660. The investigating officer, Constable Anthony Colangeli, can be reached at [email protected] or via 613-549-4660 ext. 6331. Tips can also be provided anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to remain anonymous.
Kingstonist is following this story and will update this article with further details.