Two University of Guelph students hit by car driven by Kitchener man

A Kitchener man is facing a careless driving charge after two University of Guelph students were hit by a car near campus Thursday night.

Man charged with careless driving, students received minor injuries

Two students were struck near the University of Guelph campus Thursday night. A Kitchener man has been charged with careless driving. (Google StreetView)

Two University of Guelph students were treated for minor injuries after being hit by a car being driven by a Kitchener man.

Police were called to the corner of Gordon Street and College Avenue, which is located at the west side of the U of G campus, at 9:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report that multiple pedestrians had been struck by a vehicle.

Two 20-year-old students had been hit, but after treatment, were released at the scene.

A 68-year-old Kitchener man driving a Toyota was charged with careless driving.

Collision-prone area

Gordon Street is known as a troublesome stretch in Guelph. Last November, police targeted the unsafe habits of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists along the street from the downtown core to the south end of the city as part of a two week blitz dubbed Project Corridor.

Officers laid 200 charges over the two weeks, 124 of which were for speeding, including a GO Transit bus. Four pedestrians were handed tickets for infractions.

During the two weeks, there were nine collisions, one of which resulted in the death of a 63-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair.

Police said all but one of the nine collisions were avoidable: Six were careless driving or drivers following too closely, two were bicycles riding through crosswalks and one was a car that hit a deer.