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Ontario man turns himself in, faces charges in fatal accident

Officials indicated that a 39-year-old truck driver responsible for a fatal accident in June turned himself into police on Dec. 17. He is now facing multiple charges, including dangerous driving causing death.

The accident reportedly occurred when the 39-year-old man was driving a transport truck on westbound Highway 401 and hit another westbound vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, near the Thickson Road exit. Two passengers were in the Toyota, one of whom, a 29-year-old man, was killed on account of the highway crash.

A tour bus carrying 38 passengers and a Pontiac Sunfire also became involved in the wreck. No one on the bus was injured. The westbound part of the highway was shut down after the multi-vehicle wreck and law enforcement officials investigated the incident.

The family of an individual who has suffered fatal injuries in a car accident may wish to file awrongful death claim as a civil remedy for the various losses suffered on account of their loved one’s death. This type of lawsuit may be brought, with the guidance and advocacy of an attorney, against the party whose actionable behavior contributed to the fatal event. This may be done even if that party’s behavior did not elicit criminal charges for a lack of sufficient evidence to prosecute. Because, the burden of proof required in civil cases is fundamentally different from the burden of proof required in criminal cases.

Families may seek compensation through a wrongful death claim to cover funeral expenses and lost earnings if the deceased loved one was a breadwinner while alive, economically supporting dependents or contributing income to the household.

Source: OurWindsor.ca, “Charges laid in June Hwy. 401 fatal Whitby crash,” Dec. 22, 2014