Pedestrians, Take Cover!

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17 y.o. grade-12 Cassandra Harwick died 2006/04/10, having activated the crosswalk signal in order to cross Southdale Road near Millbank Drive. The van’s driver, 22 y.o. Selvin Campos, was originally charged with dangerous driving causing death. According to this morning’s paper (“Dad of crash victim…”; Jane Sims; London Free Press; 2007/04/24), the shocking revelation that “an examination of the van’s engine showed Campos was travelling 75 kilometres an hour in a 60 km-h zone.” Equally shocking, the apparent testimony from witnesses that other drivers were going equally fast in the school zone. More shocking? In court yesterday, the Crown and defence agreed to a lesser charge of careless driving. Most shocking? Mr. Campos was only given a $1,000 fine and a 3-month licence suspension.

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