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Woman charged in pedestrian crash still remains behind bars

Cassie Korzenko now fourth in line on Salvation Army’s specialized bail beds program wait-list
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.

A Barrie woman accused of driving while impaired and running into a group of pedestrians in the city’s south end last month will remain behind bars for at least another few days following an update on her bail status this morning.

Cassie Korzenko, 32, is scheduled to have the matter brought back to video remand court on Friday, Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. for another update. 

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

Korzenko appeared in court Tuesday via video link from Penetanguishene's Central North Correctional Centre (CNCC) concerning the Salvation Army’s specialized bail beds program. She is now 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 16 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 specialized bail beds for higher-needs individuals. Referral to this program can come from lawyers, duty counsel, the Crown, family members, institutions, and individuals. 

Korzenko has been in custody since the Dec. 1 crash when three people suffered serious injuries 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 local 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 were airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre following the crash. One suffered serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. 

Empower Simcoe had confirmed one of the victims, a 52-year-old woman, works with the organization. The two others, men aged 53 and 44, both receive support from the Empower Simcoe and have also been involved with Special Olympics. 

An Empower Simcoe spokesperson confirmed Jan. 5 that all three victims are on the mend and no longer in Toronto hospital.

Community support worker Melanie Smith is recovering at home, Jeff Janes is at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), as is the second person supported by Empower Simcoe, whose identity is not being disclosed. Both men are continuing to improve in their recovery, according to the organization.