South Dundas woman seriously injured by hit-and-run driver on Shannette Road

Ashley Coles, 24, with her boyfriend Brent Merkley, and in Winchester District Memorial Hospital yesterday. She has since been moved to the Ottawa Hospital after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in South Dundas. Courtesy photos

SOUTH DUNDAS — Twenty-four-year-old Ashley Coles is undergoing extensive surgery in Ottawa to repair serious injuries sustained when the South Dundas woman was struck by a hit-and-run driver yesterday.

“I just got the word that she may not walk again,” Sharon Chater, the mother of Coles’ boyfriend, told Nation Valley News via Facebook Messenger this morning.

Chater said that Coles was standing near the end of her Shannette Rd. driveway, waiting for a ride to return home around 6 p.m., when a southbound car — believed to be black with “bubble” headlights —  hit her. She said the collision between pedestrian and car was hard enough to leave part of the vehicle’s bumper skirt on the driveway.

Her son, who was out walking at the time, “heard the impact” and suddenly couldn’t see his girlfriend. Brent Merkley ran over and found her lying in the snowbank, his mother said. “And my son tried to stop the car but it just sped off.”

In a post that has received hundreds of shares on the social media platform, Chater bluntly calls on the “asshole” culprit to turn himself or herself in.

Coles was left with a badly broken hip, cracked spine, internal bleeding and a broken foot. Initially treated at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, she was transported to the Ottawa Hospital for further assessment and surgery.

“She is very tiny; if she weighs 100 pounds, that’s all she weighs,” Chater told NVN.

Coles’ sister is currently at her side in Ottawa, she said.

“As far as I know the police are looking for a car that has extensive damage to the right passenger side but that’s all the information I have.”

Police told her last night they had a lead on a possible suspect car, she said, but the information didn’t pan out. “I just want to catch the person who did this.”

The local detachment is “currently investigating a fail-to-remain collision where a female was struck by a small, black four door vehicle” on Shannette Rd., Const. Tylor Copeland confirmed.

This article has been edited to correct the spelling of Coles’s last name.


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