No charges to be laid in death of Ryerson alumna

By: Hayley Hanks

Police have said no charges will be laid for the accident in Fergus that led to the death of Ryerson alumna Amy Stiles last Thursday.

According to a police news release, a mechanical inspection of the truck found no defects. The use of cell phones for both drivers was also ruled out by investigators.

Stiles, who was presently a Conestoga College nursing instructor died following a collision on County Road 21 in Fergus, a town a half-hour drive from Guelph.

Ryerson nursing graduate Amy Stiles.
(Photo courtesy of Graham A. Giddy Funeral Homes)

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) said 38-year-old Stiles was returning to Fergus after attending a college nursing faculty strike rally in Queen’s Park when the accident took place.

According to Wellington County OPP, Stiles was driving a Mazda 3 home when, for unknown reasons, it crossed over the centre line and collided with a Ford dump truck. Stiles was pronounced dead at the scene.

After graduating high school at the Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute in 1997, Stiles attended Ryerson for nursing. She received her BScN in 2005. Stiles then had nursing positions at hospitals in Guelph, Kitchener and Fergus. In 2014, she received her Masters in Nursing Education from Alberta’s Athabasca University.

At the time of her death, Amy was a faculty member at Conestoga College as the coordinator in the Personal Support Program based at Riverside Glen, a long-term care facility in Guelph. She had worked at Conestoga College since 2013.

“I am heartbroken for Amy’s family, friends, colleagues and students. I know all OPSEU members at the colleges, and throughout the union, have Amy in their thoughts,” Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU president, said in a news release.

Flags at OPSEU head office were lowered to half-mast on Friday for Stiles. The college flag at Conestoga College was also lowered to half-mast on Friday in Stiles’ honour. Stiles is survived by her husband Randy and their three sons.

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