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Car accidents: Ontario woman dead following North York crash

An 18-year-old woman died in an accident on Bayview Avenue in North York. Ontario police say this is only one of many fatal car accidents that have occurred so far this year, though they are as yet unsure whether this case will result in criminal charges. The other woman struck in the crash is currently in recovery. 

The accident report is still incomplete, but it has been confirmed the two women, both 18, were attempting to cross Bayview Avenue around 9:51 a.m. on May 31. Both were struck by a southbound vehicle being driven by a 42-year-old woman, who apparently remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with police. She did not appear to be injured in the crash. 

The pedestrians were not so lucky. One woman suffered injuries described as not life-threatening, while the other's injuries appeared to be life-threatening in nature, and both were rushed to local hospitals. The more seriously injured woman was pronounced dead sometime later. Police accident reconstruction units remained on the scene to piece together what happened to cause the crash. Police say they have not ruled out any possible cause at this time. 

While word is awaited on whether any criminal charges will be forthcoming, Ontario law allows victims of car accidents to file personal injury and/or wrongful death suits even in the absence of a charge or conviction in criminal court. In this case, the family of the deceased woman and the surviving woman will have to present evidence in civil court proving the driver's negligence caused or materially contributed to the accident. This evidence can sometimes be obtained from the police investigation. 

Source: CBC News, "Young woman dies in hospital after being hit by car in North York", June 5, 2017

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