By Ryan McGreal
Published October 31, 2013
this blog entry has been updated
Hamilton Police have charged a man with impaired driving after a jogger was struck on Charlton Avenue East at Wentworth Street South.
Charlton Avenue, on the left, curves into Wentworth Street (RTH file photo)
At around 6:00 PM yesterday, a 33-year-old female jogger was running eastbound on the north side of Charlton Avenue where Charlton turns into Wentworth when a 2006 Toyota Corolla struck her while she was crossing the road.
The jogger suffered life-threatening injuries and was transferred to hospital by Emergency Services after police on scene provided first aid.
The driver, 42-year-old Joseph Warren of Hamilton, remained at the scene of the collision. He was arrested and sent to the police station for a breathalyzer test. According to police, he blew more than three times over the legal limit. He has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).
Visibility is notoriously poor at Charlton and Wentworth, where the Escarpment Rail Trail crosses Wentworth and pedestrians, joggers and cyclists coexist uneasily with heavy automobile traffic. There is no marked or controlled pedestrian crossing near the corner, and the nearest controlled intersection is at Wentworth and Stinson, a distance of 250 m.
Several proposals have been made to increase safety, including a pedestrian-activated crosswalk and a large convex mirror so people can see around the corner.
The pedestrian-activated crosswalk, at a cost of $125,000, was on the ballot for the Ward 2 Participatory Budget vote, but it was not included in the "compromise" package of projects that was compiled before the vote and selected by voters.
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