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Driver charged after serious collision on Bath Road in Kingston

A collision on Bath Road has caused a road closure between Portmouth Avenue and Sir John A. MacDonald Boulevard. Aaron Andress

The driver involved in a serious collision that left a pedestrian with life threatening injuries on Bath Road in Kingston has been charged.

The collision closed down the westbound lanes of Bath Road for several hours Wednesday evening, and sent three people to hospital.

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The male was treated for serious injuries, released from hospital and arrested. The female pedestrian struck by his vehicle was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries, as was the female passenger. Kingston police did not have an update on the women’s current conditions.

Kingston police say a Kingston man was driving a white SUV westbound on Bath Road when he drove off of the roadway onto the north shoulder and up onto the sidewalk.

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According to police, at the time traffic was backed up on Bath Road, and the driver allegedly drove onto the shoulder of the road and the sidewalk to avoid the congestion.

Police claim the man “continued driving recklessly at a high rate of speed” when he struck a female pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk. Police say she attempted to get out of the way of the oncoming SUV, but was still hit and thrown to the ground.

The SUV came to a rest against a tree on the north side of Bath Road.

According to officials, both the driver and the passenger were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by Kingston Fire and Rescue and Kingston police.

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Police charged a 30-year-old with two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. According to the Ontario Court of Justice and Det. Joel Fisher, the man charged after the collision is named Brandon Desjardins.

Desjardins was released on bail on Wednesday and will appear again in a Kingston court in late March.

Aaron Andress. Aaron Andress

—With files from Dominic Owens

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