Drunk driving charges laid after Calgary fatal pedestrian collision

Calgary police attend the scene of a collision of a car and pedestrian in Calgary's Huntington Hills neighbourhood on July 28, 2022. Tom Reynolds, Global News

A 23-year-old man has been charged with drunk driving causing death in relation to a July 2022 collision in Calgary’s Huntington Hills neighbourhood.

At around 2 a.m., on July 28, 2022, a car collided with a pedestrian along 4 Street N.E. between the two entrances to Huntstrom Drive N.E.

Police said a woman was skateboarding in the southbound lane of 4 Street when a 2005 silver Infiniti M35X sedan being driven by a man in his 20s with a passenger was also driving south on the same road.

The female pedestrian was struck in the southbound lane by the sedan, a police statement said.

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“The vehicle briefly left the roadway, rotating to face backwards and coming to a stop beside the road. The vehicle drove back onto the roadway, and the driver pulled into a neighbouring street and stopped,” the Calgary Police Service said.

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The car’s occupants were uninjured and the driver remained at the scene until first responders arrived.

But the woman who had been skateboarding was declared dead at the scene.

In a news release issued Monday, police said they believe alcohol and excessive speed were factors in the crash.

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Woman killed after being struck by vehicle in northeast Calgary

Austin James O’Bray, 23, has been charged with operation of a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration over 80 milligrams causing death.

O’Bray is due to appear in court on Feb. 13.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a person with a blood alcohol concentration of 80 milligrams “may have reduced muscle co-ordination, find it more difficult to detect danger and have impaired judgment and reasoning.”

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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers.

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