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Car accidents: taxi driver killed in crash

A serious accident in north Toronto has led to the death of a taxi cab driver, sources have reported. Ontario police see car accidents like this one every day, but the tragedy is never reduced when the accident is avoidable. For the moment, no charges have been filed, but the other driver involved in the crash is being investigated by police. 

According to the accident report, the crash took place in the vicinity of Old Yonge Street and York Mills Road around 3 a.m. the morning of March 19. It appears the driver of an eastbound vehicle travelling on York Mills may have lost control of his vehicle, causing it to strike a utility pole. The force of the impact sent the vehicle careening into the westbound lanes, where it collided head-on with a taxi cab. 

The cab driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash, had to be extricated from the wreck when authorities arrived on the scene. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries and is still under investigation. Police are waiting to finalize their report until accident reconstruction is complete. 

As with many car accidents, it is entirely possible that driver error can be blamed for this tragedy. Additionally, Ontario police may uncover evidence of recklessness, negligence or even intoxication on the part of the surviving driver. While criminal charges may or may not be filed, provincial law allows the taxi driver's family to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver in civil court.

Source: CBC News, "Taxi driver dead after cab struck by car in York Mills", Muriel Draaisma, March 20, 2017

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