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Teen sentenced in wrongful death of girl

A teenage boy believed to be responsible for a car crash that claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced, according to local sources. The 15-year-old boy, who was 14 at the time of the accident, was found guilty in an Ontario court and a sentence has been passed down. It is unknown whether the family of the deceased victim has filed, or will file, a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. 

The accident happened on July 25, 2016. The boy was driving a stolen vehicle at unsafe speeds in Caledon with the 12-year-old girl riding in the same vehicle as a passenger. The boy lost control of the vehicle, clipping a hydro pole, which caused the car to crash into a brick gate. 

The driver's injuries were described as minor, but his passenger was killed in the impact. The boy was was recently sentenced to 18 months in custody. He had already served 300 days, and so will now serve 168 days in addition to a further 85 days under court supervision. He is also banned from driving for the next six years. 

This case is somewhat complicated as the vehicle involved in the crash was stolen. A full investigation will be necessary to determine whether a wrongful death claim may be an appropriate remedy. In cases like this, Ontario residents are fortunate to have a variety of support options available to them in the form of legal assistance. An experienced attorney could help the family to determine how best to seek monetary damages accrued in the tragic accident, including a review of the family's motor vehicle and homeowner's insurance policies for uninsured motorist coverages.

Source: CTV Toronto, "Teen sentenced in Caledon crash that killed 12-year-old girl", Rachael D'Amore and Kayla Goodfield, May 16, 2017

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