Female passenger dead after downtown Calgary crash, driver remains in serious condition

A young woman is dead after a downtown crash Calgary police initially thought involved a pedestrian, yet turned out to be the passenger in the vehicle that crashed.

Around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, the Calgary Police Service was called to 3 Street S.W. near 7 Avenue S.W., for reports of a serious-injury collision. The traffic section determined the passenger, a 24-year-old woman, was thrown from the vehicle during the incident.

Police said a black Kia Soul operated by a 26-year-old man was stopped on the west side of the road facing south.

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“The Kia suddenly reversed and turned facing north, crossing the road as it did so,” CPS said in a news release, adding that during the sudden movements, the 24-year-old passenger fell out of the front passenger door and was run over by the vehicle.

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The Kia then struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle on the east side of the road, and subsequently, the female passenger was trapped under the vehicle. Bystanders rushed to help free her; however, police said her injuries were fatal and she died a short time later at hospital.

The driver was found unconscious at the scene and transported to hospital for treatment where he remains in serious condition.

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Though speed and alcohol have been ruled out as factors regarding the crash, police are investigating drug impairment as a factor.

If you have any information regarding the crash or if you witnessed it, you’re asked to contact the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. You can also remain anonymous by using Crime Stoppers.

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