Jogger Dies After Collision at Charlton and Wentworth

By Ryan McGreal
Published November 01, 2013

Hamilton Police report that the 33-year-old woman who was struck by an automobile at Charlton Avenue East and Wentworth Street South has died as a result of her injuries. She died on the evening of October 31. Her family has asked that her name not be released at this time.

Charlton Avenue (left) and Wentworth Street, where the collision occurred (RTH file photo)
Charlton Avenue (left) and Wentworth Street, where the collision occurred (RTH file photo)

The driver, 42-year-old Joseph Warren, was charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) after he blew more than three times over the legal limit in a breathalyzer test. His charge has since been upgraded to impaired driving causing death.

At around 6:00 PM on Wednesday, the 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. Emergency Services took her to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

If you witnessed this incident and have not spoken to the police, please contact Detective-Constable Niblock at 905-546-4753.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By -Hammer- (registered) | Posted November 01, 2013 at 10:10:50

I hope they throw the book at the guy.

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By T (anonymous) | Posted November 01, 2013 at 10:23:57


Impaired driving aside, that blind corner is dangerous and always makes me nervous when trying to cross. Foot and bike traffic is busy enough on that section of escarpment trail to warrant a change to how traffic operates in that section.

Very sad to read this.

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By Kevatron (anonymous) | Posted November 01, 2013 at 11:43:10 in reply to Comment 94077

This is the truest thing.

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By brendan (registered) | Posted November 01, 2013 at 12:59:03

Really sad. I hope the driver does some jail time. Even after paying his debt, I hope he is never allowed to drive again.

Separately though, I agree with T. That crossing is crazy dangerous as a pedestrian. There's simply no way to look far enough up Charlton to see if the path is free before crossing at the speed cars travel this road. Given how many people use the rail trail, I think it's wise to make some infrastructure changes. Charlton should have reduced speed signs and possibly rumble strips at the base of the hill (cheap). Ideally it would have a pedestrian-operated crosswalk too, but that's more expensive.

Comment edited by brendan on 2013-11-01 13:02:07

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By jamesandcannon (anonymous) | Posted November 02, 2013 at 12:08:13

Met Zoe briefly while she was exploring Hamilton. Very sad news.

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By roisin (anonymous) | Posted November 04, 2013 at 10:05:56

According to family - she was not on the road, she was already across the street on the grass in front of the Wentworth Stairs when the drunk jumped the curb and struck her.

I do agree that this is a terrible place to cross, and would love to see a raised bridge across for pedestrians with track to bring a bicycle up.

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