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Driving in the wee hours in a dark and remote area can be a risky venture. When one adds impaired driving to the mix, it often becomes a recipe for disaster. The lives of several people were forever changed after one man’s alleged poor choices caused a major accident recently.
Early in the morning of August 14, 2016, three vehicles were involved in a head-on collision in northeast Toronto. The accident occurred on Steeles Avenue East near Reesor Road, a hilly, rural part of the city just north of Rouge Park. In attempt to pass a small sedan, the driver of a pickup truck moved from the westbound lane to the eastbound side of the road as the two vehicles crested a hill. The pickup struck an eastbound compact car, forcing the compact into a collision with the sedan.
The driver of the compact car, a 23-year old woman, was killed in the accident. A passenger in the car and the driver of the pickup sustained injuries during the incident. The truck driver, a 57-year old Whitby man, was arrested by Toronto Police and now faces eight charges, including impaired driving, criminal negligence, refusing to provide a breath sample and dangerous driving causing death.
All of the charges facing the driver of the truck are very serious. Impaired driving is a weighty allegation, and anyone accused of this crime in jeopardy of receiving a stiff penalty. The advice and support of a criminal defence professional may help to prevent a worst-case scenario.
Source: Toronto Sun, “Drunk driving charge laid in deadly crash“, Chris Doucette, August 17, 2016