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Car accidents: Ontario man charged in serious accident

An Oshawa man is facing five charges following a serious accident that sent one person to the hospital with critical injuries. Ontario police, who oversee the investigation of car accidents, were on the scene in Scarborough following the crash. The driver believed responsible for the accident is now in police custody. 

The accident report confirms that two vehicles were involved in the crash, one driven by a 22-year-old man and the other by a 49-year-old man. It appears both vehicles were headed in the same direction toward Danforth Road around 3:00 a.m. when the vehicle driven by the younger man struck the other car. The force of the impact pushed both vehicles off the roadway where they struck a light pole. 

The younger driver attempted to flee the scene on foot but was quickly apprehended by police. The older man was rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as life-threatening. His current status is unknown. The younger man now stands charged with several infractions, including impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and criminal negligence. No trial date has been announced. 

Car accidents caused by negligence are judged harshly by Ontario law due to how preventable they are. If the younger man is found guilty of any of the charges against him, it is likely he will face fines, a loss of his driver's license and possibly jail time. Separately, the injured man is entitled to file a personal injury suit in civil court. Should the worst occur and the man succumbs to his injuries, his family could also file a wrongful death suit against the driver judged materially responsible for the accident. 

Source: CBC News, "Oshawa man charged in Scarborough crash that critically injured 1", Another Man, Feb. 28, 2017

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