Driver who hit elderly woman on crosswalk fined $1,500

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Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

EDMONTON - An Edmonton driver who badly injured an elderly woman when he struck her as she was walking across a north-side intersection was fined $1,500 on Monday.

Florian Brus, 74, was also banned from driving for 30 days after pleading guilty to a charge under the Traffic Safety Act of failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Crown prosecutor Ian Elford told court that Brus was operating a southbound 2008 Honda Civic on Sept. 27 about 9:45 a.m. and he was stopped at a red light on 42 Street, waiting to turn left at 137 Avenue.

At the same time, Edith Crowley, 84, was waiting at the south side of the intersection for the light to change so she could walk to the north side, said Elford.

After the traffic light turned green, Crowley began crossing the intersection and was struck by Brus when she was halfway across the road, said Elford.

Court heard Crowley was taken to hospital suffering from a fractured skull, a broken rib, a crushed sternum, multiple pelvic fractures, a collapsed lung, brain bleeds, a broken shoulder and a broken elbow.

She passed away on Jan. 13, however an autopsy concluded the cause of death was an infection in the abdomen, said Elford, adding that the collision was ruled out as a cause or contributor to her death.

Student Legal Services caseworker Amanda Goodwin told court that the sun was in Brus' eyes at the time and he did not see Crowley as she was crossing the street.

"He feels horrible about what happened," said Goodwin.


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