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Pulse 24 - City TV - Apr. 27, 2006
Nothing much gets in Hazel McCallion's way.
Except, it seems, an errant street sign.
The Mayor of Mississauga ran into one of those roadside markers Wednesday night, as she was coming home from a Peel Police Awards ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Centre.
The 85-year-old politician, who always insists on driving herself to appointments, was turning onto Cantay Rd. from McLaughlin Rd. when her car struck the signpost at about 9:30pm.
The impact was great enough to deploy the vehicle's airbags.
"I don't have a scratch, a bruise or anything, nothing, absolutely nothing,," she told 680 News. "Because, you know, I certainly wasn't going at a high speed by any means."
Police and paramedics descended on the intersection but the Mayor was able to get out of her car on her own. She was examined at the scene, but aside from being a bit stunned by the crash, she was okay.
The front end of her car, however, wasn't. It sustained substantial damage.
McCallion admits she played a role in the mishap. "I took my eye off the road for a minute," she agrees. "There's no question about it."
But there are questions about whether police will be laying any charges against the local legend.
"That is all under investigation at this time," is all Peel Police P.C. Kathy Weylie will say.
Because of McCallion's high profile, Peel's Chief of Police has asked Traffic Services to investigate this case. Until they finish that probe, they're refusing to say anything about what might have happened.
It's not the first time McCallion's been involved in a car accident. She was slightly hurt after being hit by a pickup truck in 2003.
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