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Teen dies in Highway 17 crash, driver charged

On Aug. 21, a three-vehicle accident on Highway 17 left one teen dead and two other people injured. Ontario Provincial Police say that the 11:30 p.m. crash occurred in Greater Sudbury on the southwest bypass between Fielding Road and Southview Drive.

Following a preliminary investigation, police determined that a pickup truck heading west collided with a pickup and a car, both of which were travelling east. The 39-year-old man who was driving the westbound pickup suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the man driving the eastbound pickup suffered minor injuries; both were hospitalised. The 18-year-old male driver of the eastbound car, however, died on the scene.

OPP crash reconstruction and technical crash investigative officials assisted at the scene, and the highway had to be closed for a period. The westbound pickup driver has already been charged with breach of conditions in connection with a separate incident. However, officers urge any witnesses to the crash to contact authorities.

When someone is killed in a car accident because of a negligent driver, the deceased person’s surviving family members could recover the damages that they suffer under Ontario personal injury legislation. This might include the loss of household income, funeral and burial expenses, and travel costs if the survivors visited the victim while being treated for injuries prior to death. The surviving family may also receive compensation to pay for counselling to help them deal with the loss of their loved one.

If the victim provided household services, the family could receive financial support to cover that loss. Additional benefits might compensate the survivors for loss of care, companionship and guidance. Other financial support may be available for spouses, children and other dependants.

Source: e-Laws.gov Ontario, ‘Family Law Act

Source: Northern Life, “OPP name victim of fatal Hwy. 17 crash“, August 22, 2014

Source: Northern Life, “OPP name victim of fatal Hwy. 17 crash“, August 22, 2014