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Ontario car accident kills 1, injures 3

One person died and three others suffered injuries on June 29 in a two-vehicle collision in Ontario. The accident occurred around 3 a.m. in Kitchener. Police determined that alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the fatal accident and took one of the drivers involved into custody.

An SUV was travelling south on Manitou Drive near Bleams Road when the vehicle crossed the centre line into oncoming traffic. The SUV collided head-on with a taxicab travelling in the northbound lane. A 31-year-old Stoney Creek man who was riding in the backseat of the SUV suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene of the accident. The man was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The 21-year-old Kitchener woman who was driving the SUV and the driver of the taxi suffered minor injuries. The taxi was not carrying any passengers, so the third injured person may have been a front-seat passenger in the SUV.

Police closed a stretch of Manitou Drive near Bleams Road for almost nine hours while an accident reconstruction team processed the scene of the crash. Surveillance cameras at a nearby business caught footage of the accident. Police detained the SUV driver and charged her with dangerous driving causing death and impaired driving causing death. She was scheduled to appear in court on July 11.

Drunk driving results in thousands of preventable deaths each year, leaving families to mourn lost loved ones. Many families struggle after a family member dies, particularly if the deceased person contributed a major share of the household’s income. Some family members choose to seek compensation from negligent drivers for their loved ones’ deaths, burial expenses, lost income and other damages. Personal injury lawyers could guide families through the process of filing wrongful death claims.

Source: CTV Kitchener, “31-year-old Stoney Creek man killed in Kitchener crash ,” June 29, 2014