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Car accidents: Ontario man was drunk behind the wheel

Tragedy struck Toronto four months ago when a fatal accident claimed the lives of three individuals, thanks to a suspected drunk driver behind the wheel. Ontario authorities responsible for investigating car accidents of this type accused the man of drunk driving after the April 10 accident. He is scheduled to appear in court at the end of August to face the charges filed against him. 

Toronto police report the man was headed south on Jane Street a little before 3:30 a.m. on the morning in question when he apparently struck another vehicle. His car then struck a signal pole before going through a fence and striking several trees. Of the occupants in the vehicle, four were ejected, with a fifth partially ejected. 

Three passengers, ages 21, 19 and 23 respectively, were all pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by arriving medical authorities. A fourth passenger, as well as the driver, managed to survive the crash. The driver's injuries were too extensive to administer sobriety or breath testing, so blood samples were taken at the hospital. The man was found to be drunk as a result of those tests, and he now faces multiple charges pertaining to the crash.

In car accidents in which the drivers were drunk, Ontario authorities are swift and decisive in filing charges. While not all charges end in convictions, the families of the deceased are entitled under provincial law to file additional lawsuits against the drivers responsible in civil court. These wrongful death suits can use police evidence to bolster their claims in court as the families seek compensation for damages. 

Source: Toronto Sun, "Driver charged in crash that killed three was drunk: Cops", Chris Doucette, Aug. 4, 2016

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