Ottawa police have finally laid charges in two high-profile motorcycle crashes that occurred in the city last summer.â€¨â€¨
One of the charges is against Giuseppe Oppedisano, who faces a rap of dangerous driving causing death, after an accident on Aug. 12 involving one of Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff’s top aides.
Mario Laguë, a 52-year-old former ambassador who’d also worked in the Quebec political scene, was killed when his Honda Shadow struck Oppedisano’s SUV at an intersection after the SUV turned in front of him.
It was determined that although both vehicles had a green signal, Laguë had the right of way as he was travelling straight through the intersection — it was a typical case of someone tuning left into oncoming traffic. Oppedisano will appear in court tomorrow.
In another case of making an unsafe turn, a 73-year-old woman has been charged in a high-profile accident that occurred on Aug. 28.
Lois Thompson turned left at an intersection, causing a collision with a motorcycle ridden by Dr. Donald Chow, a team doctor for the Ottawa Senators NHL club.
He suffered serious head and chest injuries in the incident and is still recovering. Thompson was charged last Monday with making an unsafe turn under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act.