A 31-year-old man was arrested this morning following an accident on Hamilton Avenue in St. John’s that involved two vehicles and saw the accused’s vehicle overturning in front of Barrett’s Funeral Home.
The accused, and his 19-year-old passenger, were transported to hospital with injuries believed to be non-life threatening.
The male driver and female passenger of the other vehicle were seen by paramedics at the scene.
The RNC says that shortly before 9:30 a.m. today, officers attempted to stop a blue Mazda Protégé in the area of Blackmarsh Road for a traffic violation. The vehicle did not stop for the RNC and officers discontinued the pursuit.
The same Mazda Protege was later seen travelling east in the area of Hamilton Avenue in St. John’s when it collided with a west-bound vehicle, and then overturned.
The accused has been charged for operating a motor vehicle while prohibited. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may follow.
RNC accident investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the Protégé in the area of Blackmarsh Road or Hamilton Avenue, or were in the immediate area at the time of the collision, to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.
RNC was following car that crashed, bystanders say
A Mazda Protege collided with a BMW X5 in front of Barrett's Funeral Home on Hamilton Avenue in St. John’s around 9:30 a.m. today.
Reports from bystanders said the RNC was following the Mazda when he pulled out around an Allied moving tractor trailer and collided with the BMW.
The driver of the BMW was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.
The RNC has Hamilton Avenue closed to pedestrians and vehicular traffic from Symond's Avenue to Richmond Street until the investigation into the accident is completed.
Car crash in Hamilton Avenue area in St. John's
A crash involving two vehicles in the Hamilton Avenue area in St. John’s this morning.
RNC, ambulance and St. John’s Regional Fire Department on the scene.
No word yet on any injuries.
More details to come.