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South Asian origin Edmontonion charged in fatal southeast Edmonton collision

The Edmonton Police Service Traffic Section has charged a 45-year-old male driver in relation to a September 2018 fatal collision.

At approximately 10:10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, Southeast Division officers responded to the report of a collision in the area of 38 Avenue and Millwoods Road.

It was reported to police that a Suzuki scooter was travelling southbound on Millwoods Road when it was struck by a northbound, dark blue GMC Terrain that had reportedly crossed the centre line. The collision then allegedly caused the Suzuki to skid north in the southbound lanes, sliding into a Toyota Rav4 travelling behind it, while the Terrain continued to travel north in the southbound lanes, striking a traffic sign and a power box on the west side of the road before coming to stop.

EMS responded; however, the 58-year-old female driver of the scooter succumbed to her injuries at the scene. The 45-year-old male driver of the Terrain and the 50-year-old female driver of the Rav4 did not sustain any injuries.

Following a thorough investigation, it was determined that impairment by cannabis was a contributing factor to this collision.

On Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019, Rakesh Sidhu, 45, was arrested and charged with impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death. He was subsequently released on a Promise to Appear and is expected in court on April 10, 2019.

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