Barrie residents identified as pedestrians killed by vehicle Saturday night in Angus –

Barrie residents identified as pedestrians killed by vehicle Saturday night in Angus -
Tragic death of woman, boyfriend in Angus doesnt make sense
Police have identified the two pedestrians who died Saturday night after they were struck by an SUV in Angus.

Barrie residents Joseph Williams, 34, and Savannah Simon, 30, died Nov. 9 after they were struck by a Chevrolet Equinox around 5:45 p.m. while attempting to cross Mill Street between Roth Street and Pine River Road/King Street.

Simcoe County paramedics tell CTV News Barrie a woman was pronounced dead at the scene. They say a man was transported to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie without vital signs and was later pronounced deceased.

Two pedestrians struck and killed by SUV in Angus

OPP Const. Chad Wilson said the pair was hit by the vehicle in the four-lane roadway “well away” from the two controlled intersections where there are designated pedestrian crossings.

2 pedestrians struck on Mill St in Angus, ON.#NottyOPP @EssaFire on scene. If you witnessed this collision call 888-310-1122 or 800-222-TIPS Mill St closed for the next several hours.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was transported to hospital where he died from his injuries.

Mill Street was closed for several hours in both directions between Cecil Street and River Drive for the police investigation.

A local family is devastated after a young woman and her boyfriend were struck and killed by a vehicle on Mill Street in Angus.

Police say it happened well away from the two controlled intersections and during a busy time of day on that stretch of road.

Savannah Simon, 30, and her boyfriend Jo Williams, 34, were killed in the 5:45 p.m. incident Saturday night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to call Nottawasaga OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been laid at this time. The OPP have not officially released the names of the victims.

However, Savannah's step-mother, Carla Sturge, said she dropped her step-daughter, Savannah Simon, and Simon's boyfriend, Jo Williams, at the Borden Inn for a night out to celebrate Simon’s recent birthday.

The Essa Fire Department and the OPP responded to the incident around 5:45 p.m. between Roth and King streets.

Sturge said she doesn’t know any details about what happened, but is hoping to hear more soon from the OPP.

In the meantime, she is trying to hold it together for Simon’s three children, aged 3, 9 and 11.

“Savannah just turned 30 on Thursday. They were going (out) to celebrate,” said Sturge, between tears. “I don’t know how to tell her kids. It's horrible."

"We don’t know anything, but we’re trying to hold it all together. Savannah and the kids have been living with us (in Barrie) for about a year and we were watching (the kids) last night," said Sturge.

“Her dad is at the motel now to get all of her things. I just couldn’t see them right now. He is being strong and holding everyone else up right now, but he is taking it hard, I know that.”

Mill Street was closed last night between River Drive and Cecil Street for approximately four hours. Sturge said while she isn’t sure how the collision happened, she doesn’t know how two people could be missed while crossing a main road before 6 p.m.

“There were two of them, it's the main road and it is well-lit,” said Sturge. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

Nottawasaga OPP Constable Chad Wilson told BarrieToday that he was waiting on a more detailed report from investigators on what exactly happened.

“It is rare for two pedestrians to be hit, but in this case I do know that they were not at a crosswalk,” said Wilson. “I do not know if that played a part, but it is a very wide road.”

If you witnessed this collision please contact the Nottawasaga OPP at 888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.