Update July 3, 2014: Police have identified the victim killed in yesterday’s
collision as Brian J DANIEL, age 55 of St. Thomas, ON.
DANIEL was directing traffic at a construction site on the Highway #3 Bypass and
Burwell Road overpass when he was struck and killed by a passing motorist.
As a result of the police investigation police have arrested and charged the driver
of the pick-up truck, Benjamin Clayton DICKOUT, age 45 of Malahide Township with:
Dangerous Driving Causing Death contrary to section 249(4) of the Criminal Code.
DICKOUT remains in custody pending a show cause bail hearing to be held this date,
July 3, 2014.
Original Media Release
A 55 year old St. Thomas man was struck and killed while directing traffic earlier
this morning around 11:30 a.m. July 2, 2014. The worker for FACCA Inc. Construction
was directing traffic around a boom lift (a four wheeled vehicle with a long boom
and bucket for lifting workers) that was being used to work on the Burwell Road
overpass bridge and was obstructing the west bound lane of the Highway #3 Bypass.
The worker was directing traffic just east of the Burwell Road overpass bridge when
he was struck by a pick-up truck travelling West on the Highway #3 Bypass. The worker
was pronounced dead at the scene.
Release of the deceased name is pending notification of next of kin.
The driver of the pick-up truck, a 46 year old Aylmer, Ontario man, and a 32 year
old male passenger also from Aylmer, were not injured in the collision.
Elgin County OPP, with the assistance of OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators,
continue to investigate the cause of the collision. The Ministry of Labour was also
on scene conducting their investigation. The Highway #3 By-Pass was closed between
Centennial Avenue and 1st Avenue in St.Thomas for several hours to facilitate the