More charges laid in impaired collision that killed young boy in St. Thomas, Ont.

Hundreds of red balloons lined houses across St. Thomas, Ont., as a vigil in memory of Aiden Curtis was held Monday, July 10, on what would have been his 12th birthday. Amy Simon / Global News

Additional charges have been laid in an impaired driving incident that killed an 11-year-old boy in St. Thomas, Ont., earlier this year.

In a statement released Wednesday, police said the 19-year-old accused has now been charged with the following offences:

  • two counts of dangerous operation causing bodily harm
  • dangerous operation causing death
  • impaired operation causing bodily harm

The accused was initially charged with impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm.

The fatal crash happened on July 4 when a driver travelling west on Talbot Street jumped the curb at Caso Crossing and struck five pedestrians.

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Aiden Curtis, 11, was pronounced dead at the scene. One woman was also sent to hospital in critical condition, and three others were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Const. Samantha Wakefield said the incident “shook the community, one that will forever leave its mark on our city.”

During a brief court appearance on July 5, the man was released on bail with conditions.

A public vigil was held in memory of Curtis, as hundreds of red balloons and a growing crowd of red shirts gathered at the site of the fatal crash on the evening of what would have been Curtis’s 12th birthday less than a week later.

Aiden Curtis was killed and four others were injured, including one woman critically, when five pedestrians were struck by a pickup truck that left the roadway and entered a sidewalk on July 4, 2023, in St. Thomas, Ont. Amy Simon / Global News

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