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Man charged with drunk driving in deadly Bloor St. crash

Toronto Sun crime reporter Chris Doucette. (Sun files)

By Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun

One person is dead, and two others are in hospital with serious injuries after a single car accident on Bloor St. at Parliament St. Monday evening shortly before 10 p.m. (Victor Biro photo)

One person is dead, and two others are in hospital with serious injuries after a single car accident on Bloor St. at Parliament St. Monday evening shortly before 10 p.m. (Victor Biro photo)

Toronto - 

A 25-year-old man was killed and two young women hurt when a car slammed into a pole at a busy downtown intersection Monday night.

But Toronto Police say the novice driver, a 23-year-old man who had allegedly been drinking, walked away unscathed except for the slew of charges he now faces.

“The reality is when people get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol it’s a conscious decision, not a mistake,” said Const. Clint Stibbe of Traffic Services. “And those who make that conscious decision are taking a chance that can cost lives.”

Monday’s deadly crash, the latest in an ugly spate of suspected impaired driving incidents across the GTA, unfolded shortly before 10 p.m. on the edge of St. James Town.

A 2000 Honda Civic was travelling east on Bloor St. E., rounding the bend at the intersection of Parliament St., when the car jumped the curb and struck a pole at the southeast corner, Stibbe explained.

“We don’t know yet why the vehicle left the roadway,” he said, adding investigators will determine if speed was a factor.

Stibbe said the rear passenger side of the Civic took the brunt of the impact.

The man sitting in the rear seat on the passenger side was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name was not immediately released but he is the 74th person killed on city streets this year.

A second passenger, a 20-year-old woman, remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries and a third passenger, also a 20-year-old woman, suffered less serious injuries.

The driver, Galeeb Abau-Jabeen, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with six offences including impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

The fatal crash comes on the heels of a weekend that saw OPP officers lay 104 impaired driving charges.

Toronto Police arrested or warned 27 drivers over the weekend while Peel Regional Police laid 30 impaired charges, York Regional Police laid 20 impaired charges and Durham Regional Police laid 27 such charges.

Stab said RIDE patrols have been stepped up heading into the holiday season and he cautioned people not to drink and drink.

He also urged anyone considering hopping into a vehicle with a driver who may be impaired to think again.

“As a passenger, you have to be responsible for your own safety,” Stibbe said.

cdoucette@postmedia.com