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Teen driver involved in fatal wreck

The Ontario Provincial Police announced on June 29 that a 16-year-old girl had been handed several criminal charges for causing a fatal car accident on June 17. The girl received two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and two counts of dangerous driving causing death. When underage drivers cause car accidents, the Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits their identities from being revealed.

The car accident involving the 16-year-old driver happened in South Frontenac Township at about 10:45 p.m. While driving a Hyundai SUV along County Road 5 with four passengers inside, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and rolled off of the roadway. A 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and a 17-year-old boy was taken to Kingston General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A fourth passenger and the driver sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Following the accident, neighbors who had heard the sound of the crash ran to the vehicle to help. According to reports, all five of the occupants of the SUV had their seat belts on. Investigators do not believe that alcohol was involved in the car accident. Two weeks after the crash occurred, the 17-year-old boy was still hospitalized for his injuries.

When a car accident like this happens, families of the deceased victims may be able to claim some financial compensation for their losses. The parties that were injured may also be able to seek reimbursement for their medical expenses and other financial losses that they incurred. A lawyer may be able to help a family to pursue the maximum compensation after a car accident.

Source: The Whig, "Teenage driver charged in fatal crash," Steph Crosier, June 29, 2015

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