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Driver charged with impaired after vehicle hits pedestrian in Niagara Falls

Police say the 66-year-old accused also drove into a tree and fled the scene on foot
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On Jan. 6, 2022 at approximately 6:30 p.m., 2 District (Niagara Falls) uniform officers attended the area of Drummond Road and Summer Street in the City of Niagara Falls in response to a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.

Investigation revealed that a 66-year-old male was operating a red Ford Focus southbound on Drummond Road. Subsequently, a 78-year-old male was walking northbound on the west shoulder of the road when the vehicle struck the pedestrian. The vehicle then proceeded to drive off the roadway and struck a tree.
The driver then exited his vehicle and ran northbound on Drummond Road.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

At approximately 7:05 p.m., officers were able to locate the driver in the area of Portage Road and North Street in the City of Niagara Falls where he was placed under arrest.

James Carrier (66 years old) of Niagara Falls, was arrested and charged with the following offences of:
    •    fail to stop at scene of accident causing bodily harm – Criminal Code
    •    operation while prohibited – Criminal Code
    •    impaired operation/conveyance/exceed blood alcohol concentration – Criminal Code
    •    use plate not authorized for vehicle – Highway Traffic Act of Ontario

Carrier was held in custody pending a bail hearing that is expected to take place on Jan. 7, 2022.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111, ext. 1002200.