Driver arrested after man struck in downtown Ottawa
Witnesses tell CBC News it looked like a case of road rage; no charges laid as of Wednesday evening
A driver was arrested after a 24-year-old man was struck in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday morning.
The man — Kiddytown employee Stephane Cousineau — was hit at about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Bank Street and Laurier Avenue West.
A driver was turning right in a Mini Cooper when the vehicle struck the pedestrian. Officers arrested the driver at the scene, police said.
Witnesses told CBC News the pedestrian had knocked on the hood of the car after it had inched close to him. The witnesses said the driver then hit the gas and ran into the pedestrian in what looked like a case of road rage.
Police are investigating. No charges had been laid as of Wednesday evening.
Paramedics said the man suffered chest and stomach injuries. He was taken to The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus and by Wednesday night he was listed in fair condition.
The intersection doesn't allow motorists to turn right on a red light. Some people told CBC drivers can get impatient when pedestrians are crossing the intersection because the drivers want to turn before the light turns red.