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Guilty verdict in Costco crash that killed two girls

LONDON, ONT. — A 66-year-old woman accused in the deaths of a young girl and a newborn after her car smashed into a Costco store in London, Ont., last summer has been found guilty of dangerous driving.

Ruth Burger had pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm in the case.

But a judge found her guilty of the lesser charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Burger’s car abruptly reversed into the store’s front doors, hitting a pregnant mother and her two young children last July.

Danah McKinnon-Bozek — who was eight months pregnant and underwent an emergency caesarean section — was seriously injured in the crash along with her three-year-old daughter.

McKinnon-Bozek’s six-year-old daughter died after being hit, and her newborn baby girl died in hospital a week later.

Burger testified that she realized her foot was stuck when she was reversing out of her parking spot.

She told the court that she began wiggling her foot to try to get it out from between the brake and gas pedals when the vehicle smashed into the store doors.

Justice Jonathan George, who presided over the case, said he didn’t believe Burger’s foot got caught. Instead, he said he believed Burger may have created a rationale explanation for what happened on the day while in a state of confusion.

Burger’s trial heard earlier this month that her car accelerated from 11km/h to 48km/h in the five seconds leading up to the crash, a time in which she didn’t hit the brakes.

George said the case was a tragic one for all those involved.

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