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Car accidents:1 dead, 1 injured in Toronto

A North York woman is dead following a tragic crash in Bayview Village, according to local sources. Ontario authorities typically investigate car accidents involving a fatality with a great deal of scrutiny to determine whether material contribution to the accident can be identified. In this case, the woman was the driver in the single-vehicle accident, which means it will be her actions that are investigated posthumously. 

According to the accident report, around 2:00 a.m. on the morning of April 13, police responded to calls about a single car accident in North York near Cummer Avenue. The details of the crash were not included in this report, but the force of the impact was severe enough to force a closure of the area by emergency personnel. The woman, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Her passenger, a man believed to be approximately 30 years old, was rushed to a local hospital. His condition was described as critical. Police are still in the process of investigating what caused the woman to crash her vehicle, but they have not ruled out excessive speed as a possible factor. Investigation teams are also attempting to retrieve the car's data box, hoping to shed some light on the crash. 

Car accidents without a clear cause can be vexing to Ontario authorities tasked with their investigation. In cases where the driver is killed in the crash, no criminal charges are filed even if the driver is found to have materially contributed to the crash. However, the injured passenger is entitled under provincial law to file a posthumous personal injury suit against the driver's estate in a civil court.

Source: The Toronto Star, "Woman killed, man in critical condition in Bayview Village car crash", Sophie Van Bastelaer, April 13, 2017

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