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Ontario family could sue for wrongful death in fatal accident

A head-on crash has claimed the life of a woman in London, according to local sources. Ontario authorities arrested the driver of the vehicle that struck hers, citing him for impaired driving. In addition to criminal charges, a wrongful death suit is also possible in this case. 

According to the accident report, the 50 to 60-year-old woman was driving her vehicle in north London around 3 a.m. the morning of Nov. 24 when the accident occurred. An SUV driven by a 23-year-old man smashed into her stopped vehicle while travelling at a high rate of speed. The force of the impact pushed the other vehicle some 45 meters, spreading debris all over the roadway. 

The woman was declared dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel. The younger driver was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital, after which time he was arrested and charged. He now faces charges including one count of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing death. The roads remained closed for some time to accommodate the police investigation. 

If the younger driver is found guilty of impaired driving, he could face serious criminal consequences -- including the loss of his license and even jail time. Separately, the family of the deceased woman is allowed under Ontario law to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him in civil court. Such a suit would cite any criminal conviction obtained against him against him in regard to the accident, and any police evidence used to justify those charges. 


Source: Toronto Sun, "Woman killed in head-on crash in London, Ont.", Nov. 24, 2016

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