Medical conditions are believed to be the cause of two fatal crashes in the city yesterday afternoon, Ottawa police said.
Just before 1:30 p.m., a male driver believed to have suffered a heart attack jumped a curb in his vehicle in the area of Ruskin Avenue and Parkdale Avenue and collided with a car, said Staff Sergeant Gerry Sabourin.
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“He died, but it wasn’t the result of the collision,” Sabourin said.
Nobody was injured in the other vehicle.
At around 2:20 p.m., a 73-year-old male driver died after he struck a light pole and drove his car into a ditch at the intersection of Merivale Road and Prince of Wales Drive.
“Two witnesses saw the truck float through the intersection,” said Staff Sgt. Don Sweet.
The pickup truck glanced off a traffic light standard and came to rest in the ditch, where witnesses had to shut off the engine.
Officers who attended the scene performed CPR on the unconscious man, but were unsuccessful in reviving him, Sweet said. He was pronounced dead in hospital.
There were no other injuries.
“The cause of the accident appears to be medical, but the investigation is ongoing,” said Constable Jean Paul Vincelette.
Police are investigating both collisions. The names of the victims in both incidents are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.