Man charged after woman struck by vehicle on Whitemud Drive

A crash on Whitemud Drive westbound near Fox Drive on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Global News

A 49-year-old man has been charged in connection with a collision on Whitemud Drive last month that left an Edmonton physiotherapist with serious injuries.

On Feb. 16, police said a blue Lexus RX350 was heading west on the Whitemud when it lost control near the Fox Drive exit and hit the centre barrier. The 31-year-old woman driving got out of the vehicle when a black Dodge Nitro, also heading west, slid into her and came to a stop in the far right lane of the freeway, police said.

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The woman, a local physiotherapist named Alicia Souveny, was taken to hospital in serious condition. Police said Tuesday she remained in hospital.

Alicia Souveny was seriously injured after she was struck by a vehicle on Whitemud Drive Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Supplied to Global News

In the days following the crash, Souveny’s fiancé told Global News that she works at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

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“Alicia has spent the majority of her adult life taking care of others and now it’s time for us to take care of her,” Matt Goertzen said in a statement.

“We are collectively devastated by the magnitude of Alicia’s injuries but we have so much faith in the amazing medical professionals who have taken care of her thus far.”

Souveny is also a team trainer for a South Side Athletic Club Bantam AA hockey team.

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At the time of the crash, police said speed and vehicle maintenance issues were likely factors in the crash. Impairment was not considered a factor.

Simon Simbizeye is charged with careless driving and driving at an unreasonable rate of speed. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 26.

WATCH (Feb. 18, 2019): An Edmonton physiotherapist, who is also a team trainer with the South Side Athletic Club, remains in hospital after a serious crash on Whitemud Drive. 

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