A large accident over the weekend that resulted in a downed light standard and the closure of a major intersection in central Kingston led to an arrest and charges for a Verona man.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, the accused driver travelling westbound on Princess Street failed to stop for a red light at the intersection of Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard. The vehicle struck a Volkswagen travelling northbound on Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard. The Volkswagen was pushed into a Honda travelling beside it before spinning 180 degrees and striking a light standard in the median. As a result, the light standard fell and struck two other vehicles.
The accused driver fled on foot from the collision. Approximately 45 minutes later, the accused man was located when he was observed getting into a taxi with blood on his legs, hands, and shirt. Police stopped the taxi, and the male was identified as the driver in the collision.
The driver was then found to be a suspended driver. He was transported to hospital for treatment of his injuries, and was then taken to Kingston Police Headquarters after being medically cleared.
The 34-year-old Verona man was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, four counts of leaving the scene of an accident while failing to give name or offer assistance, and breach of probation.
As a result of the collision, three drivers were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.