Woman killed after driver speeds away from Winnipeg police, hits her car in St. Boniface

A woman died after a man driving away from police lost control of his vehicle, hit the median and struck an oncoming car in Winnipeg’s St. Boniface neighbourhood.

Officers conducted a traffic stop at at about noon on Monday, stopping a vehicle travelling eastbound on Provencher Boulevard, police said in a news release the next day.

The driver suddenly drove away at a high speed, eventually hitting a concrete median and striking an oncoming westbound vehicle.

The man got out of his car and tried to run, but was quickly arrested.

A woman, who was the only occupant of the other vehicle, died from the crash.

Police are treating her death as a homicide.

James Joseph Wieler, 31, of Winnipeg, was charged with dangerous driving causing death, drunk driving, fleeing a peace officer and driving a vehicle while prohibited.

He was taken into custody.

Manitoba’s police watchdog has been notified and will assume responsibility for the investigation.

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