Driver charged after SUV smashes through restaurant patio, killing toddler

EDMONTON – Police in Edmonton have laid numerous impaired driving charges after a toddler was killed by an SUV that smashed through a restaurant patio.

Investigators say a family was dining at an outdoor table at a restaurant in southwest Edmonton on Sunday evening when an Acura MDX crashed into them, pinning a two-year-old boy to a wall.

Paramedics rushed the child, along with his family, to hospital where the two-year-old boy died.

His father suffered rib and back injuries, and his mother and one-year-old sibling suffered minor injuries.

Police arrested a 62-year-old man at the scene.

Richard Suter faces charges of impaired operation causing death, refusing to provide a breath sample and two counts of impaired operation causing bodily harm.

He is being held in custody until his first court appearance on Tuesday morning.