Police investigating pedestrian and property damage collisions

Lethbridge Police have charged one driver and charges are pending against another following two collisions Thursday – the first injured a pedestrian and the second resulted in damage to a business.

On April 21 just before 8 a.m. police responded to a report of a pedestrian collision involving an elderly woman. Investigation determined a 2006 Cadillac SRX, operated by a 46-year-old male, was travelling eastbound on 3 Avenue North when it struck a northbound 76-year-old female who was crossing 3 Avenue from 12 Street North. EMS transported the victim to hospital and she was subsequently transferred to Calgary for treatment of serious injuries. She remains in hospital at this time. Police believe sun glare was a factor in the collision. Charges are pending.

At approximately 3:35 p.m. police responded to a collision at a southside business along the 1700 block of Mayor Magrath Drive South after a vehicle, being operated by a 46-year-old male, collided with a building. Investigation determined a 2006 Kia Sedona was backed into a brick wall. The driver displayed signs of impairment and was subsequently charged.

Gilles Deschenes, 46, of Lethbridge, is charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving and obstruction of a peace officer. Deschenes is scheduled to appear in court June 2.