Barrie man charged in fatal hit-and-run in Springwater

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Oct. 7, 2020

A 22-year-old Barrie man is charged after a woman was struck and killed last month by a vehicle on Bayfield Street North in Springwater Township.

Huronia West OPP charged Kraig Roberston on Oct. 6 with failing to stop at an accident causing death.

Police identified the alleged vehicle and the driver a few days after the collision.

Police say a woman who was standing on the side of the highway with her dog waving at passing vehicles was struck and killed at about 10:48 p.m. Sept. 15.

Police have not released the woman’s name or her age.

Initially, Ontario’s police watchdog began an investigation because an OPP officer was on the scene quickly and was forced to swerve around the woman’s body. The Special Investigations Unit dropped the investigation a day later.

An off-duty Barrie police officer was driving behind the unmarked OPP cruiser and also pulled over.

The officers performed CPR on the woman, but were unsuccessful.

The accused appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie for a bail hearing Oct. 6.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance