Ford driver Larry McMurter charged with impaired operation causing death in a fatal double vehicle collision

The Edmonton Police Service Major Collision Investigations Unit worked through the night after a two vehicle collision left one woman dead and another in serious condition.

Just before 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2013, a Ford truck and a Toyota Corolla collided in the intersection of Whitemud Drive and 215 Street. The four occupants of the Toyota – two males and two females, all in their 70s – were treated and transferred to hospital, however one 72-year-old woman was pronounced dead prior to arrival. The second woman remains in critical but stable condition. The two men sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The lone occupant of the Ford was not injured.

Larry McMurter, 63, the driver of the Ford, is charged with impaired operation causing death and refusing to provide a breath sample. Additional criminal charges are pending.

At the time of the collision the area had recently sustained a power outage due to a tree falling on a power line earlier in the night. The condition of the street lights and or the operation of the traffic control lights at the time of the collision are under investigation.

Weather and road conditions were not factors in the collision; at this time it is not known if speed was a factor.

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