Calgary, AB,

Charges laid in February 2021 fatal pedestrian collision

After an extensive investigation, investigators have charged one driver following a collision that killed one man and sent a woman and child to hospital.

At approximately 8:20 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, a GMC Terrain was travelling south on Macleod Trail S.E. in the right-hand exit lane for westbound Glenmore Trail S.E. The GMC Terrain failed to make the right-hand curve and continued straight southbound, striking two adults and a child in a stroller, who were standing on a raised pedestrian island while waiting to cross the road.

The vehicle continued south, travelling across two additional raised islands and crossing the exit lane from eastbound Glenmore Trail to southbound Macleod Trail, striking a snowbank at the edge of the road and then sliding to a stop.

The driver of the GMC exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was apprehended by police a short time later.

A male pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene and the female pedestrian and child were taken to hospital in serious, life-threatening condition. The woman and child have since been released from hospital.

Excessive speed is believed to be a factor in this collision.

After a lengthy investigation, including examining the vehicle and awaiting forensic results, the driver of the vehicle is now facing charges.

Damon William WILSON, 29, of Calgary, has been charged with two counts each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and failing to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in bodily harm, as well as one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and failing to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death. WILSON will next appear in court on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

“Our thoughts are with the surviving victims, and their friends and family, who all continue to be impacted by this collision,” says Sgt. Colin Foster of the CPS Collision Investigation & Reconstruction Unit. “This is a sobering reminder for all drivers of the irreversible and tragic consequences of driving at excessive speeds.”

Case #21060983/4541