Driver charged in deadly Costco crash

A car crashed through the entrance of the London, Ont., Costco store on July 25, 2014. (DEREK...

A car crashed through the entrance of the London, Ont., Costco store on July 25, 2014. (DEREK RUTTAN/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- A 65-year-old woman has been charged after a car crashed into a London, Ont., Costco store, killing a woman’s unborn baby and six-year-old daughter.

Ruth Burger faces one count of criminal negligence causing death and two of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Police have been investigating the case since July 25, when a red Monte Carlo plowed in reverse through the front entrance of the busy Costo at noon. The car drove through two bollards in front of the store before continuing to smash through the glass doors and into shoppers.

Danah McKinnon Bozek, who is now out of hospital, was pregnant and walking into the store with her girls when the car struck them from behind.

Bozek’s daughter, Addison Hall, 6, died after being kept on life support for two days so her organs could be donated.

Her baby, Rhiannon, was delivered by emergency caesarean section in hospital but died seven days later.

There is no charge related to baby Rhiannon's death because she was not born at the time of the crash, police said.

Bozek’s daughter Miah, 3, was badly injured.

Traffic Sgt. Amanda Pfeffer said police are still seeking any witnesses they have not yet spoken to and the investigation is not closed.

Burger, a newly retired Western University employee, was released from custody but is not allowed to drive while the charges are being dealt with, Pfeffer said.

While police would say little about Burger, an online search lists her as recently being a first-aid representative for her department at Western and a member of a workplace safety award at work.

Burger didn't return a message asking if she wanted to comment.

She is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 16.

Bozek is now out of hospital, police said. Miah is still in hospital but listed in good condition this week.

Two other adults and the driver of the car were injured but have since been released from hospital.


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