London police have laid criminal negligence charges against the driver of the car that reversed through the entrance of the south end Costco July 25, killing two sisters.
Ruth Burger, 65 has been charged with one count of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. She was released from police custody after being arrested and formally charged.
She’s scheduled to appear in court Sept. 16.
The charges follow two weeks of police investigation, interviewing witnesses, reviewing video and inspecting the car for mechanical defects that could have contributed.
The horrific noon-hour crash that saw a red Chevy Monte Carlo sedan reverse through the entrance of the store took the lives of Addison Hall, 6, and her yet-unborn sister, Rhiannon Bozek, who died a week after the crash.
Rhiannon was delivered by emergency C-section the night of the crash while her mother, 26-year-old Danah McKinnon-Bozek was still in critical condition.
McKinnon-Bozek has since been released from hospital. Three-year-old Miah remains there but has been upgraded to good condition.
Traffic division commander Sgt. Amanda Pfeffer said there was no “causing death” charge related to Rhiannon’s death because according to the Criminal Code, she wasn’t a person under the law when the collision took place.
Three other adults including Burger were treated at hospital for minor injuries and released.
The charges against Burger haven’t been proven in court.