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Teen pleads guilty to dangerous driving after hitting pedestrian last winter

By Peggy Revell on August 25, 2017.


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A 19-year-old man entered a guilty plea Thursday to dangerous driving causing bodily harm after an incident where he hit a pedestrian with his car on Dunmore Road last December.

Sentencing was adjourned to Nov. 8, so the young man can have a pre-sentencing report put together to be considered.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Brevan Arthur Barrieau was driving his motor vehicle —a black Pontiac Firebird — at a high rate of speed on Dec. 22, 2016, travelling south on Dunmore Road, approaching Ravine Drive.

The vehicle was fishtailing as Barrieau accelerated up the hill in heavy traffic conditions on wet paved roads. Barrieau lost control of his vehicle, slid off the road, and struck a 19-year-old man who was walking on the grass along the west side of the road.

When police arrived, the victim was lying in the snow in the ditch, surrounded by several people including an off-duty paramedic who was providing First Aid.

The Firebird, with its engine still running, was in the ditch about 100 meters south of Wilson. Barrieau approached the police and identified himself as the driver, and apologized for the incident, thanking the police for being there.

The victim’s injuries included a substantial wound to his right groin requiring surgery which has continued reduced sensation, an injury to his shoulder and back that has made him unable to work at his job as a furniture mover for an extended period of time.

During the initial news release issued by police, both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, although Barrieau’s plea is just for the charge of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

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