London Police have laid charges against a 31-year-old Delaware man following Thursday morning’s deadly crash at Highbury and Dundas Street.
Police say 31-year-old Scott Altiman from Delaware has been charged with two counts of impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death, two counts of impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Dundas and Highbury in front of a Petro Canada gas station at around 1:55 a.m. Thursday to reports of a serious crash and possible explosion.
Investigators say a car heading southbound on Highbury Avenue at a high rate of speed collided with the driver’s side of a car heading eastbound on Dundas Street within the intersection. Unconfirmed reports say the vehicle was travelling 160 km/h when the collision occurred.
Two of the four occupants in the eastbound car were pronounced dead in hospital while the driver and third passenger remain in hospital.
Police have identified the deceased as 46-year-old Jerry Pitre of London and 23 year old Cody Andrews of New Hamburg.
The accused remains in the hospital in serious condition while the other two injured victims remain in the hospital in fair condition.
The crash sent one vehicle into a hydro pole, the other into a nearby house. Witnesses say a car bumper struck a gas pump, and a quick thinking attendant shut the fuel source off from the unit, avoiding a possible explosion.
Police shut down Highbury Avenue from Oxford Street to Florence Street and Dundas Street from Florence Street to Oakland Avenue for just over 18 hours before the intersection was reopened around 8:15 p.m. Thursday.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is being asked to contact London Police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.