Investigators say emergency crews arrived at a scene near Niagara and Maple Streets just before noon, where they discovered a 59-year-old Hamilton female, who was inside a store in the building, with serious injuries.
“The female was transported to a local hospital for treatment where she was pronounced deceased,” Niagara Regional Police spokesperson Stephanie Sabourin told Global News, “The driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene.”
Investigators believe the driver lost control travelling southbound on Niagara, left the roadway and collided into the building striking the woman inside the store.
The driver is facing impaired operation causing death, dangerous operation causing death, and taking a vehicle without consent.
A 59-year-old Hamilton woman is dead after a car crashed through the front window of a Niagara Street business in St. Catharines just before noon Monday.
Thirty-year-old St. Catharines man Jamie Burns has been charged with impaired operation of a vehicle causing death; dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, operation while prohibited, and take motor vehicle without consent.
Niagara Regional Police, in a news release issued Monday night, said initial investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Fiesta was southbound on Niagara Street when the driver lost control near Maple Street, left the roadway and collided into a building at this intersection striking the woman inside the business, Niagaroma Therapy at 103 Niagara St.
Witnesses across the street from the spa business said they saw the driver out of the car and attempting to look into the building past the smashed vehicle before police arrived.
They also said emergency service personnel and firefighters worked to pull the woman from the wreckage of the front part of the spa. They then worked at resuscitating the woman before she was taken to hospital by paramedics.