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Woman charged in pedestrian crash spending another weekend in jail

Cassie Korzenko, who is charged with three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, returns to court next Wednesday
Cassie Korzenko, 32, has been charged with three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm following a crash in south-end Barrie on Dec. 1, 2022.

Cassie Korzenko will be spending another weekend behind bars.

The 32-year-old Barrie woman, who has been in custody since the crash on Dec. 1, 2022, is accused of driving while impaired and running into a group of pedestrians in the city’s south end. She will remain behind bars at Central North Correctional Centre (CNCC) in Penetanguishene until at least next week following an update on her bail status this morning.

Korzenko has been charged with three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

She appeared in court Friday via video link from CNCC concerning the Salvation Army’s specialized bail beds. She remains fourth in line on the program’s wait-list.

The organization’s Bail Verification and Supervision Program is available to people who have been accused of criminal offences — regardless of social and economic background. It offers pre-trial supervision for individuals sixteen years of age and up, as well as guidance, referrals to community services as well as anger management, anti-theft and alcohol, drug awareness programs. The program also offers a Specialized Bail Bed Program for higher-needs individuals. Referral to this program comes from lawyers, duty council, the Crown, family members, institutions, and individuals. 

Following today's court appearance, Korzenko is scheduled to have the matter brought back to video remand court on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. for another update. 

Three people suffered serious injuries on Dec. 1, 2022 after being struck by a vehicle near Mapleview Drive and Bayview Drive before a Barrie Colts game.

Barrie police say the vehicle involved in the crash was travelling south on Bayview Drive, struck the pedestrians and then collided with two other vehicles, whose occupants were uninjured. 

Korzenko was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital.

The three pedestrians were on their way to the Ontario Hockey League game as part of an excursion with Empower Simcoe, an organization which provides services to people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

All three pedestrians were airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre following the crash. One suffered serious and potentially life-threatening injuries; however, all three victims are on the mend and no longer in Toronto hospital.

Empower Simcoe previously confirmed one of the victims is 52-year-old woman Melanie Smith, who works with the organization as a community support worker.

The two others, men aged 53 and 44, both receive support from the Empower Simcoe and have also been involved with Special Olympics. One of the men was confirmed to be Jeff Janes, who, along with the other man — whose identity has not been released — had returned Barrie and were last known to be at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) where they were continuing to improve in their recovery.