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.
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.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was transported to hospital where he died from his injuries.
A local family is devastated after a young woman and her boyfriend were struck and killed by a vehicle on Mill Street in Angus.
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.
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 www.p3tips.com or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.