Speed was a factor in the crash that killed a Hamilton man on the Mountain Sunday evening, police announced Monday.
Around 5:17 p.m. Sunday, a 44-year-old man was driving west on Mohawk Road West in a minivan when he didn’t stop at the red light at West 5th Street, police say. He then lost control and slammed into a hydro pole.
The van started rolling before coming to a stop lying on the driver’s side. Hamilton firefighters pulled the man from the wreck before paramedics rushed him to hospital with serious injuries.
He died a short time later in hospital, police say. His identity isn’t being released until his family has been notified. Police say speed was a factor, but police Const. Debbie McGreal-Dinning couldn't yet say whether or not alcohol contributed to the crash.
"Until the results of the toxicology comes back from the autopsy, we will not be able to tell if alcohol or any other factors contributed to collision," McGreal-Dinning told CBC Hamilton.
The collision reconstruction unit is continuing to investigate the crash. Barricades are still set up in the westbound lanes on Mohawk Road, one block west of West 5th Street as Hyro One fixes the pole that was struck.
This is Hamilton’s second traffic fatality of 2014. Any witnesses to the crash who haven’t called police yet are asked to contact Det. Const. Niblock at 905-546-4753 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.