December 1, 2016 10:52 am

Police blocking off north Edmonton street to investigate fatal October crash

One person was killed in a crash in the area of 160 Avenue and 97 Street Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.

Courtesy, Don Meier

Edmonton police will be shutting down a stretch of a north Edmonton road where a 50-year-old woman was killed in a collision in late October.

The northbound lanes of 97 Street at 160 Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Police said the southbound lanes will be open to north and south traffic, although drivers should expect delays in the area throughout most of the day.

On the afternoon of Oct. 24, a blue Nissan Xterra was heading north on 97 Street when it was struck from behind by a white Infiniti G37, according to police. The Nissan caught fire and both vehicles veered into the ditch.

The woman driving the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene. The man driving the Infiniti was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

funeral was held at the beginning of November for Joann Christou, 50, who left behind a large family, including her husband, four children and three grandchildren.

Joann Christou, 50, was killed on Oct. 24 when she was involved in a crash in the area of 97 Street and 160 Avenue.

Police have since charged 20-year-old Eric Lestar with impaired driving causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and refusal to comply with a blood demand.

READ MORE: Man, 20, charged in fiery north Edmonton fatal crash

Christou’s death was Edmonton’s 23rd traffic fatality of 2016.

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