Nova Scotia

Police ticket driver, 73, who hit 81-year-old pedestrian

Halifax Regional Police has issued two summary offence tickets to a 73-year-old driver who struck an 81-year-old pedestrian in early September.

Pedestrian died in hospital one day after the accident

Lorraine Peters was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. (Submitted)

The family of a woman hit and killed in a crosswalk is angry that the driver received two tickets over the fatal crash.

Lorraine Peters, 81, died Sept. 7 surrounded by her family. 

On Sept. 6, a car turning right from Herring Cove Road onto the Williams Lake Road hit her as she walked across a marked crosswalk. 

My mother was a woman of community, a woman of life, and a woman of voice.- Denise Lorraine Wilson

On Thursday, Halifax Regional Police said they've issued two summary offence tickets to the 73-year-old driver.

Police say he had a blood alcohol content of between .05 and .08. A half-full bottle of alcohol was also seized from the vehicle.

The driver was issued tickets Thursday for failing to yield to a pedestrian on a turn at a red light and illegally possessing liquor.

Zero tolerance for drinking drivers

Friends say the victim was on her way to 4 p.m. mass at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. Her daughter, Denise Lorraine Wilson, said the family can't understand why the blood-alcohol level didn't trigger more serious charges. 

“The family is very overwhelmed and hurt as to the charges that were laid," she said Thursday. “We do not understand why the driver was not charged with manslaughter.”

Her mother was a strong, vibrant woman, who often walked that route, so it must have been a devastating crash, her daughter said.

“My mother was a woman of community, a woman of life, and a woman of voice, and she would not want me to sit back and be quiet,” she said. “Something has to change. Once you have a drink, there should be no tolerance for getting behind that wheel.”

Her obituary describes her as a loved and loving woman who danced, bowled and played bingo. She leaves behind a son and daughter, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Halifax Regional Police issued two tickets Thursday to a man who hit a pedestrian with his car in early September. The pedestrian died a day later. (CBC)