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No charges laid in Red Hill pedestrian fatality

No charges laid in Red Hill pedestrian fatality

The Hamilton Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has concluded its investigation into a fatal collision that occurred on the Red Hill Valley Parkway (RHVP) in mid-January. After a six-month investigation, no charges have been laid in connection with the incident.

On Monday, January 17, 2022, shortly after 6:30 a.m., a 67-year-old Hamilton man was travelling northbound on the RHVP near the Queenston Road Bridge when his vehicle became stuck in the snow at the side of the road. While checking the vehicle for external damage, the driver and vehicle were struck by a snow plow. Shortly after the accident, police were able to identify the vehicle and driver. In a statement Wednesday police say, “evidence suggests the driver was unaware the vehicle or driver had been struck. After reviewing all the factors involved in this collision, the legal threshold required to lay a charge was not met.”

The victim was 67-year-old Hussein Hassoun, who  died in hospital after he was struck on the parkway on Jan. 17. Members of his family expressed sadness in an interview with the Hamilton Spectator. “We’re saddened that Hamilton police aren’t able to press any charges because there’s no law that can hold individuals accountable for hitting someone and killing them,” Nour Hassoun, the victim’s daughter, told The Spectator.

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