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Car accidents: Ontario man faces charges

A fatal crash near Parry Sound has resulted in further charges being filed against the man police believe to have caused the crash. Ontario Provincial Police, who typically respond to car accidents on rural highways, arrested the 22-year-old man after responding to the Jan. 16 crash. He currently stands charged with criminal negligence causing death. 

According to the accident report released by police, around 7:30 p.m. officers responded to the two-vehicle crash. It appears a northbound vehicle was struck head-on by a southbound vehicle that had crossed over the centre line. The driver of the northbound car was pronounced dead by medical personnel arriving on the scene. 

The other driver, a 22-year-old resident of nearby McKellar Township, was initially charged with dangerous driving causing death. However, as the police investigation progressed, officers decided to upgrade the charges against him. Their reasoning for doing so was not outlined in this report, but it has been confirmed he will face charges of criminal negligence causing death. He was due back in court for a bail hearing on Jan. 27. 

Car accidents causing death are always thoroughly investigated by Ontario authorities, not only to determine the cause of the crash, but also to properly assign criminal charges against the driver found to be materially responsible. In this case it appears the 22-year-old man could face jail time if he is convicted. However, no conviction is necessary for the family of the deceased driver to file a wrongful death suit against him separately in a civil court. The family is entitled to utilize police evidence of the driver's negligence.

Source: Metro News, "Charges upgraded against 22-year-old man in fatal crash near Parry Sound, Ont.", Jan. 24, 2017

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