Hamilton man, 20, accused of impaired operation causing death in crash that killed 2

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Published September 26, 2022 at 4:25 pm

A Hamilton man has been arrested for impaired operation causing death after a collision where two people died late on Sunday night.

The Hamilton Police (HPS) said shortly after 4 p.m. today (Sept. 26) that the 20-year-old accused is awaiting a bail hearing. The HPS, customarily, do not release the names of people of accused of crimes before they have made their first court appearance.

UPDATE, Sept. 27: The accused has since been identified as Mouhamad Al-Jalmoud.

The collision, which brought Hamilton’s toll of traffic deaths to 18 so far this year, occurred around 10:51 p.m. at John and Young streets in the downtown Corktown neighbourhood. The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said earlier today that it has established that a driver was fleeing from police and crashed into the other vehicle, whose two passengers died while the driver suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Video obtained by CHCH-TV shows a speeding driver go through the intersection and crash into the driver’s-side passenger door of another car, causing it to spin and hit a pole.

The HPS Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate.

Anyone who has information that might assist HPS with the investigation into this collision may contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit (905-546-4753). Information may also be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477; crimestoppershamilton.com).

The SIU will be examining the circumstances of the crash as it relates to police officer conduct. Information such as dashcam video can be provided to the SIU by contacting the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at siu.on.ca.

The 18 traffic deaths are six more than the city had in all of 2021. A number of changes, including lane reductions and two-way conversion along Main St., have since begun at the direction of Hamilton city council.

Those 12 traffic deaths last year represented a 10-year high before being far surpassed by mid-2022.

 

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