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Sometimes what begins as simply a poor decision can spiral out of control and turn into something far worse. Recently, a very peculiar accident in the west end of Toronto turned a simple case of alleged impaired driving into a tragedy. The driver now faces several charges, including one for manslaughter.
The accident happened June 7, just before 5 a.m. An SUV heading north on Black Creek Drive apparently made a left turn onto Eglinton Avenue. The vehicle then began travelling west, but the driver had erroneously entered the eastbound lanes.
Shortly after making the turn, the driver of the SUV struck a man standing in the middle of the road. The man was apparently having an argument with a woman when the accident occurred. Emergency personnel declared the man dead at the scene, and the woman went to hospital with minor injuries. The SUV driver failed to remain at the scene, but police tracked him down. Toronto Police charged the 31-year-old man with manslaughter, failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and over 80 milligrams operation of a motor vehicle.
The accused almost certainly did not intend to hurt anyone that morning, much less kill a man. It was a very strange set of circumstances that ended tragically. Despite the unfortunate ending, the driver still has every right to due process and to seek defence against the charges. A criminal defence lawyer with a thorough understanding of impaired driving laws may be the best choice for counsel during a difficult time like this one.
Source: cp24.com, “Wasaga Beach man charged with manslaughter in hit-and-run death of pedestrian“, Codi Wilson And Chris Herhalt, June 8, 2017