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Accused in crash that killed senior had alcohol on breath, court told

A man accused of killing a senior in a crosswalk two years ago had the smell of alcohol on his breath, an Edmonton courtroom was told Monday.

A man accused of killing a senior in a crosswalk had the smell of alcohol on his breath, an Edmonton courtroom was told Monday.

Thomas Pollar witnessed the crash that killed Agnes Morgan, 77, in February 2013.

Sivakumar Devarajah is charged with impaired driving causing death. He admitted to being the driver who hit Morgan two years ago, but pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial on Monday.

Morgan was crossing 156th Street in a marked crosswalk at around 3:20 p.m. when she was hit by a truck making a left turn onto the street from 110th Avenue.

Agnes Morgan, 77, died in hospital after she was struck in a marked crosswalk in west Edmonton. (Bruce Edwards/Courtesy of the Edmonton Journal)
She died several hours later at Royal Alexandra Hospital, with her daughter holding her hand.

Pollar told the court that Morgan did everything right. He saw her step off the curb into the crosswalk. Seconds later, she was lying bleeding on the ground.

On Monday, Pollar identified Devarajah as the man behind the wheel of the truck.

“It smelled like he had been drinking,” Pollar testified. Devarajah wasn’t slurring but his eyes were red, he said.

C.J. Morgan sat in the courtroom during the testimony, wearing her mother’s plaid scarf.

Outside the courthouse, she described her mother as a busy volunteer who was active in her church. After her mother died, she found a to-do list in her pocket.

“Only one of the things was for her,” C.J. Morgan said. “She even had on the list to take the bread to the birds.”

The trial is scheduled to wrap up on Tuesday.

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