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Diplomat Runs Over Man in Wheelchair
Diplomat's car runs over man in wheelchair
Thu Sep 21, 2:50 PM
A 76-year-old man was in "gravely critical" condition Thursday after a car with diplomatic licence plates ran over his motorized scooter on Wednesday afternoon, Ottawa police said.
But the car's plates indicate the diplomat involved is not immune from prosecution - because he or she is Canadian.
The incident took place just before 2 p.m. at the corner of Innes and Bearbrook Roads in Blackburn Hamlet, just east of Ottawa.
Police said the man was crossing the road when a 79-year-old woman drove her vehicle into his scooter while she was making a left turn.
The woman was not injured.
The U.S.-issued red, white and blue licence plates - bearing the word "diplomat" and the Canadian country code "TG" - indicate that the car involved belongs to a Canadian diplomat working in the U.S. The licence plate frame is lettered with "Arlington, Va."
It is not known whether the driver was the diplomat for whom the plates were issued or whether she was related to that person.
According to the United Nations Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, diplomats have no diplomatic immunity from prosecution in their home country.
Police said no charges had been laid in the crash as of early Wednesday afternoon.
Police have not released the names of the people involved.
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