Hit & Run Pedestrian Accident on Victoria Avenue Ends in Dangerous Driving Arrests

A 35-year-old mother and her 14-year-old daughter walking on the sidewalk Sunday morning on Victoria Avenue suffered broken bones after a car travelling at a high rate of speed jumped the curb and struck them, police say.

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013.  The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.  (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013. The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

The daughter has been airlifted to a London hospital where she remains in serious condition.

Windsor police Sgt. Anne Hall said the vehicle was heading south on Victoria  near  Elliott Street at about 10:30 a.m. when it went up over the curb and struck the two pedestrians, eventually lodging itself between two block retaining walls on both sides of a driveway.

The two occupants of the vehicle, both men approximately 20 years old, fled the scene after their car hit the two women but later returned, said Hall.

They ran away and then they came back to the scene.

The two men were arrested and are in police custody and face charges of dangerous driving, said Hall. Their names were not released Sunday. Police do not believe alcohol was a factor nor that the women were intentionally struck.

There could be more serious charges due to the severity of the injuries suffered by the women, said Staff Sgt. Tammy Fryer.

The vehicle landed just past the stop sign in the driveway of a residence near Victoria Avenue and Elliott Street.  The car was angled downward between the two retaining walls with the rear of the car in the air.

A wrought iron fence was broken on the front sidewalk of the residence where the car landed.

Ajit Singh Chahal, who lives next door to where the car landed, said he was in his front yard drinking coffee when the incident occurred. He heard screaming and a loud bang and rushed to his neighbours to see what had happened.

I saw two women on the side of the car just screaming. They were in pain and in shock, said Chahal. He said he saw the two people who were in the car attempting to flee the scene but police arrived quickly after and arrested them.

It was very scary, said Chahal. They are lucky they are still alive. It looks like about 15 feet from where they got hit and then where they got pushed with the car and landed.

The victims  suffered broken bones and were transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to Staff Sgt. Al Adams.

The daughter was later airlifted to London.

Neighbours say police were canvassing the area looking for witnesses and checking for surveillance cameras that may have caught the incident on video.

Hall said police are continuing to investigate.

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013.  The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.  (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013. The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013.  The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.  (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013. The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013.  The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.  (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013. The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013.  The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.  (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013. The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013.  The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.  (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Windsor police investigate a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Elliott Street and Victoria Avenue, where to two pedestrians were struck, Sunday, June 16, 2013. The victims were transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Originally reported by Rebecca Wright of The Windsor Star