Western student remembered
By Sara Marett
Summer's end brought tragic deaths of worldly figures that received unprecedented displays of emotion. During this time, the corner of Pall Mall and Richmond Streets also graced flowers and lit candles in memory of Western student Catherine Newton.
Newton was killed by an impaired driver while crossing the street to meet her boyfriend at 2 a.m. on Aug. 24. She was 20 years old, enjoying a night out with friends before she would return to classes this week as a second-year science student.
Pauline Newton's voice was strong but sad when she described her daughter's outgoing personality. "She was the most loving, fun-filled person I've ever known. She was full of life and saw the good in everyone and the best that life had to offer," she said.
Pauline said Catherine's friends would always come to her if they were having problems and she helped them through difficult times. They will now have to find someone else to help them through this difficult time.
Pauline said her daughter was street smart and was walking with the light when she was struck. Her friends were far enough behind her that they were not injured, but close enough to witness the tragic event. Pauline encouraged pedestrians to practise defensive walking, even when walking with a green light. "You must leave room for human error," she said.
David John Moon is the 37-year-old driver facing charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death, the operation of a motor vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 litres of blood and failing to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, said Jack Churney, information release officer with the London City Police.
Donations in memory of Catherine can be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving or Siloam United Church, where Catherine was a member.