The father of a 22-year-old man who died after allegedly being ejected from the rear of a pickup truck on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway earlier this month has been charged with criminal negligence causing death.
Hamilton police spokesperson Catherine Martin said the collision reconstruction unit laid the charge against Tyrese Downey, 46, on Dec. 20 after concluding an investigation into the city’s 17th traffic fatality of the year.
Police allege David Forsythe Downey was trying to hold down a mattress at about 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 when both fell from the pickup truck as it was headed east between the Upper Gage Street and Dartnall Road exit ramps.
The accused disputed police’s version of events in an interview with the Hamilton Spectator following the tragic mishap, contending his son had only fallen off the truck after he’d pulled to a stop on the shoulder.
The father maintained his son climbed into the back of the truck to adjust a mattress that had fallen out three times.
He said he didn't see his son fall, but he was adamant it didn't happen while the truck was moving.
The distraught dad said he put his unconscious son in the truck and headed for the hospital, but stopped en route to try to perform CPR when his condition seemed to worsen.
With files from the Hamilton Spectator