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Calgary businessman indicted in connection with drunk road accident in June

Well-known Calgary real estate agent and developer John Torode is charged for having an accident with a drunk driver in June.

At around 12:25 a.m. on June 12, RCMP responded to a head-on crash between a minivan and a sedan on Highway 2 south of the Calgary city limits.

Sources said the 71-year-old Torode was behind the wheel of the sedan, which was headed the wrong way on the south-facing lanes of Highway 2 near Dunbow Road, according to the RCMP.

Three people were taken to the hospital: the driver of the minivan, Torode and his passenger, a young woman who was flown to the hospital in critical condition.

RCMP said the limo driver suffered minor injuries.

Torode is charged, among other things, with driving disorders, dangerous driving, bodily harm and driving with a blood alcohol level above 0.08, as confirmed by the RCMP on Friday evening.

Torode is a Calgary real estate developer responsible for projects such as Hotel Arts.

He filed for bankruptcy about a decade ago.

Torode has served on the boards of directors of the Theater Calgary, the Calgary Center for Performing Arts of the Calgary Philharmonic, and a member of the boards of directors of the Calgary Opera and Theater Junction.

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