Cannabis-Impaired Driver Charged in Tragic Runover Incident Involving Passenger

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Cannabis-Impaired Driver Charged in Tragic Runover Incident Involving Passenger
Cannabis-Impaired Driver Charged in Tragic Runover Incident Involving Passenger

Calgary police have charged one man who was found to have THC in his system during a single-vehicle crash that left one woman dead.

CPS was called to an area near 3rd Street S.W. and 7th Avenue S.W. around 3:50 p.m. on May 31, 2022, for reports of a serious injury collision, a news release said Wednesday.

Police determined that a Kia Soul carrying a 26-year-old male driver and a 24-year-old female passenger had stopped on the west side of the road facing south. The driver of the vehicle reversed and turned the vehicle to face north, crossing the road to do so.

During the turnaround, the passenger fell out of the car and was run over. The Kia struck a parked vehicle on the east side of the road, trapping the woman under the Kia. Onlookers rushed over to try to help free the woman.

However, she had sustained serious injuries and later died in hospital. The driver of the Kia was found unconscious at the scene and was taken to hospital.

Police oversaw an investigation into the collision and found the driver had THC in his system that was over the legal limit to drive.

Steven Nathaniel Watkins, 26, of Calgary faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while impaired and operating a motor vehicle while impaired causing death.

Watkins is scheduled to next appear in court Feb. 27.

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