WATCH ABOVE: A Toronto man facing charges of impaired driving causing death has been released on $20,000 bail. Catherine McDonald with the story.
A Toronto man accused of driving while impaired by drugs causing the death of a mother of three and allegedly fleeing the scene has been granted bail.
A Crown attorney consented to the release of 40-year-old Joshua Smoke on $20,000 bail. Smoke’s parents will act as his sureties.
Smoke was arrested last Thursday around 1:15 p.m. after the driver of a Honda SUV lost control and mounted the southeast corner of Dundas Street and Regent Park Boulevard, striking 39-year-old Ismathara Ratna.
Ratna was pronounced dead at the scene. Police allege the driver fled the scene and was arrested a short time later.
Smoke is charged with impaired operation of a conveyance by drugs causing death, dangerous operation of a conveyance causing death, failure to stop at an accident causing death, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
As part of the condition of Smoke’s release, he must live with his parents under house arrest, except for medical emergencies, when in the presence of a surety or while attending a treatment program for alcohol or substance abuse. Smoke is also forbidden from operating a motor vehicle or being in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle.
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After court, the accused avoided a Global News camera and refused to comment on the allegations.
Court documents obtained by Global News find that Smoke was convicted of driving without a proper licence in October 2017 and was fined $325. In September 2018, he was convicted of careless driving and given a $500 fine.
The accused is set to return to court in August.