Driver charged in Parkside Drive crash that killed couple

Artur Kotula, 38, of Burlington, faces two counts of criminal negligence causing death

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Police have made an arrest in a double-fatal crash on a Toronto residential street last month.

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Valdemar Avila, 71, and his 69-year-old wife, Fatima, were killed Oct. 12 after their 2003 Toyota Matrix was rear-ended by a BMW 320i near the intersection of Parkside Dr. and Spring Rd.

The collision triggered a chain-reaction crash that injured two others, including the driver of the BMW — identified by police as 38-year-old Artur Kotula of Burlington.

Kotula has now been charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death, cops said Friday.

Fatima Avila, 69 and husband Valdemar, 71, died after a crash on Parkside Drive in Toronto on Oct. 12, 2021.
Fatima Avila, 69 and husband Valdemar, 71, died after a crash on Parkside Drive in Toronto on Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Supplied photo /Toronto Sun

He appeared in Old City Hall court on Friday.

The crash triggered outrage in the west-end community , which for years had tried to get the city’s attention over the increasing danger of speeding motorists on Parkside Dr.

City council last week adopted a motion calling for safety to be improved along the corridor, which includes directing staff to reduce the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h and install ‘watch your speed’ signs along Parkside Dr.

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