THUNDER BAY – Crimebeat – The Victoria Day long weekend was hectic for Thunder Bay Police. Officers responded to several major calls involving motor vehicle accidents.
An auto-pedestrian collision on Saturday, May 19, 2012 sent the female pedestrian to hospital and the female driver facing many charges.
Just after 10:00AM, police responded to a collision that happened at Oliver Road by Langworthy Cresent. Police report, “It would appear that the mini van was traveling westbound on Oliver Road and attempted to turn onto Langworthy Cresent. Due to the speed of that the vehicle was traveling, the corner was not negotiated successfully resulting in a collision with a 29 year old female that was walking on the sidewalk. The vehicle then continued to collide with a parked vehicle located in the driveway of an Oliver Road residence. The drive of the vehicle fled the scene and was located by officers a short distance away”.
The pedestrian was taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries, and has since been released.
The owner of the van attended the Balmoral Police Station later in the day and reported the van had been taken earlier that morning without his permission by a female acquaintance.
20 year old, Natasha Meneano has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Fail to Remain at an Accident, Possession of Stolen Property, Fail to Comply with Probation and Failure to Comply with Recognizance.
Meneano remains in custody.
On Monday, May 21st, Thunder Bay Police responded to a motor vehicle collision at approximately 8:15PM at the intersection of Gore Street and Crawford Ave.
Officers arrived to find a Chevy Malibu on its roof in the middle of the intersection, and a Dodge Neon at the side of the road with significant front end damage.
A 27 year old female passenger of the Malibu was removed from the vehicle and taken to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center and is listed in serious condition. The 67 year old male driver was also taken to hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.
Witnesses to the accident have reported that the Neon had been driving erratically northbound on Crawford Ave just prior to the accident. The vehicle fail to stop for the stop sign at the intersection and stuck the eastbound Malibu in the intersection. The 20 year old male driver and the 19 year old female passenger of the offending vehicle fled the area, and then returned to the scene of the accident. The female passenger was taken to hospital with minor injuries and has been released.
Witnesses to the incident assisted police with taking the driver into custody.
He has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Dangerous Driving and Failure to Remain at the scene of an Accident. He has been released and has an upcoming court date.
In another accident, a 67 year old Thunder Bay man was killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident that remains under investigation by the Special Investigations Unit.