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Car accidents: Teens hurt in Halloween crash

Three teenagers in Toronto were injured on Halloween night, two critically, after a car accident involving two vehicles. While Ontario residents understand how dangerous Halloween can be as it pertains to car accidents, in this case the fault seems to lie with the drivers involved, one of whom was apparently drunk behind the wheel. Charges have been filed against both men as of this report.

The accident report notes the three teens, all 13 years old, were walking on a sidewalk on Lawrence Avenue around 8:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. An SUV driven by a 44-year-old man reportedly rear-ended a car driven by a 35-year-old man, forcing the SUV onto the sidewalk. All three teens were struck by the SUV.

One boy escaped with minor injuries, but the remaining boy and girl were seriously hurt. They were rushed to Sick Kids Hospital with injuries described as critical. The driver of the SUV has been charged with criminal negligence and dangerous driving. The driver of the car faces DUI charges after it was determined he was drunk at the wheel when the accident occurred.

In cases of car accidents causing injury, Ontario courts can deal harshly with drivers who are determined to be materially responsible for such crashes. Even if the SUV driver is not convicted in criminal court of the charges filed against him, the teens' parents are entitled under provincial law to file personal injury claims against him in civil court. Any evidence gathered by police to support a criminal charge can also be offered as evidence to support a civil case.

Source: insidetoronto.com, "UPDATE: Three Toronto teens injured after being hit by car Halloween night", Nov. 1, 2016

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