Police have identified the victim in Saturday’s deadly west-end collision as 42-year-old Parinaz Motahedin, of Brockville.
Motahedin was crossing Clarissa Street when she was struck by a vehicle in what police on Tuesday called a “tragic accident” at the intersection of Clarissa and King Street West.
City police had reported just before noon Saturday that a “serious collision” had occurred in the area, before subsequently confirming a pedestrian had been killed.
Police said Tuesday an orange Hyundai SUV left the private drive from the Metro grocery store, heading north across the path of a westbound black Honda Civic.
“The resulting collision sent the Hyundai on its side, striking the pedestrian as she was crossing Clarissa Street,” police added.
“Despite the lifesaving efforts of an off-duty Brockville firefighter and paramedics, Motahedin passed away as a result of her injuries received,” said police.
Eyewitnesses on Monday described frantic attempts to revive the victim, which supposedly took place for some 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived.
But on Tuesday, another witness to the tragedy described a much faster ambulance response, although also noting that 20-minute effort might have taken place with the ambulance already on scene.
The witness, who asked to be identified as Abi G., said she was waiting in line to get into the Metro store at 11:15 a.m. Saturday when she and other bystanders heard the screeching of tires and a loud crash.
“I got onto 911 as quickly as possible,” she added.
Bystanders rushed to get the people in the flipped vehicle out and to help the victim on the ground, she noted, adding the ambulance took less than five minutes to get there.
“I could see them pumping on her chest,” she said.
“It felt like forever but it was really quickly.”
“It was absolutely the worst thing that I’ve ever seen in my life.”
City police added early Tuesday afternoon that charges “have not been laid at this time as the investigation is not complete.” But that situation was subject to change as the investigation continued.
On Saturday, police taped off the area near the intersection, as officers with the Brockville Police Service, aided by Ontario Provincial Police collision experts, conducted the early part of the investigation. King Street was closed for several hours for the investigation.
At Tuesday’s regular city council meeting, Mayor Jason Baker expressed condolences, on behalf of the city, to the victim’s family, and also said the community’s thoughts are with the first responders who were on the scene.
“It’s important for all of us to remember, every time we read a headline or hear a story about a tragic accident, there are people who are employed to go to those scenes,” said the mayor.