No criminal charges for bus driver in fatal 2012 pedestrian collision in downtown Victoria

Stephen Finnerty faces lesser charge under Motor Vehicle Act at Victoria law courts next April

  • Jan. 22, 2014 8:00 a.m.
Victoria police officers observe the scene where a woman was struck and killed by a tour bus at the intersection of Humboldt and Douglas streets in July 2012.

Victoria police officers observe the scene where a woman was struck and killed by a tour bus at the intersection of Humboldt and Douglas streets in July 2012.

A bus driver involved in a fatal collision in downtown Victoria in August 2012 won’t be facing criminal charges.

Stephen Ronald Finnerty was turning left from Humboldt Street northward onto Douglas Street on the morning of Aug. 13, when the tour bus he was driving allegedly struck Yuka Imaizumi in a crosswalk.

Imaizumi, 27, died at the scene. She was crossing the street on a walk signal at the time, according to witnesses.

The Victoria Police Department had recommended a charge of criminal negligence causing death to Crown counsel.

Instead, Finnerty will head to trial April 7 to face a lesser charge of driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Imaizumi’s death prompted criticism of pedestrian safety at the Humboldt/Douglas intersection, but no traffic alterations have since been made.

At the time, Victoria Coun. Lisa Helps suggested a pedestrian scramble – which stops all vehicle traffic to allow for pedestrian traffic in all directions – may be a viable option at the intersection.

Be Among The First To Know

Sign up for a free account today, and receive top headlines in your inbox Monday to Saturday.

Sign Up with google Sign Up with facebook

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Reset your password

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A link has been emailed to you - check your inbox.



Don't have an account? Click here to sign up
Pop-up banner image