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Careless driving charge dropped in death of four-year-old Calgary girl

From CTV - October 12, 2017

A careless driving charge has been dropped after a Calgary woman was accused of hitting and killing a four-year-old girl with her truck.

Prosecutors said Thursday that there was conflicting evidence in the case against Tanis Lambert, 39, who was allegedly behind the wheel of a truck that struck and killed Avayah (Avi) Toulon at an intersection in the Calgary neighbourhood of Bowness in May, 2016.

Crown lawyer Rose Greenwood said, as the prosecution was reviewing its case, they concluded that there was no reasonable likelihood of a conviction.

Avis mother Samantha Gyurian testified Wednesday that she told her five children it was safe to cross at the intersection, and that four of them were still on the road when the truck struck the four-year-old. Gyurian said she screamed at the driver to stop, but the truck never did.

Avi suffered serious head injuries and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators ruled out excessive speed and alcohol in the incident.

Lambert, while outside the courtroom on Wednesday, called what happened "a horrible accident."

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