Police charge man after woman pinned by car



Ottawa police charged a 65-year-old Ottawa man after the vehicle he was driving struck and pinned a woman near Vanier Parkway and Montreal Rd. Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews said a minivan making a right-hand turn struck the woman just before 10 a.m. as she was walking from a nearby Shoppers Drug Mart.

The woman, 53, became trapped underneath the van, but two passersby - a City of Ottawa bylaw officer and a tow truck driver - used a jack from one of their vehicles to raise the front wheel enough to relieve pressure on the woman.

Firefighters then used blocks to raise all the tires of the vehicle and safely remove her from underneath. Paramedics said she likely suffered a broken leg and forearm.

Local merchants said the intersection at Vanier Parkway and Montreal Rd., which has a free-flow right turn onto Montreal Road, has long been a trouble spot.

"This area here is an extremely busy intersection, there's lots of cars that come down Montreal Road...and it's just a dangerous situation," said Suzanne Valiquet with the Quartier Vanier Merchants Association.

Police charged the man with failing to yield, a violation of the highway traffic act