Dirty windshield being blamed for pedestrian death

Rain pours down on a windshield on a cold rainy Monday May 26, 2014. 
Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/QMI...

Rain pours down on a windshield on a cold rainy Monday May 26, 2014. Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

Tony Blais, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:57 AM ET

An Edmonton man who fatally struck an elderly pedestrian with his Jeep at a south-side intersection was “negligent” for having a “completely dirty” windshield.

That’s what court heard Tuesday at the dangerous driving causing death trial of Shane Glugosh, 23.

Const. Vince Pillay — the lead investigator of the April 6, 2011, collision on 66 Street at 31 Avenue that killed Donald Conley, 71 — testified the inside of the 1987 Jeep Wrangler YJ’s windshield was “completely dirty” and said it diminished his vision during testing by 80%.

“With a dirty windshield, the traffic lights will almost cause a blinding effect on you, it would be hazy,” he said.

Court heard police returned to the scene of the deadly collision with the seized Jeep and took photos and video through the windshield from inside of the vehicle, first with it the way it was and then after it was cleaned.

Pillay told court he could see a police officer who was playing the part of a pedestrian much better after the windshield was cleaned, leading to his conclusion.


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