Toronto woman killed in Highway 401 crash

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

The Ontario Provincial Police say that slick road conditions may have caused a collision involving two vehicles that claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman during the early morning hours of Dec. 3. The Toronto-area resident had been a passenger in an SUV driven by an 18-year-old Woodbridge woman. The car accident took place on Highway 401 in Leeds County at approximately 5 a.m.

According to an OPP representative, the teen lost control of her vehicle as it proceeded eastbound on Highway 401 in Elizabethtown-Kitley. The vehicle is said to have spun out of control, striking the back of a truck near Sharpe’s Lane. Emergency services personnel pronounced the passenger of the vehicle dead at the scene, and they transported the driver to an area hospital for treatment by ambulance. She is expected to recover from her injuries. The truck driver escaped the accident without injury.

Highway 401 was closed to both eastbound and westbound traffic after the accident as rescue and maintenance workers went about their duties. The weather caused a number of problems for drivers in the area, and OPP officers were also called to a collision involving multiple vehicles near North Augusta Road in Brockville.

Authorities in Ontario warn motorists every year about the dangers of winter driving. Many such collisions occur each year due to drivers failing to adapt to slippery road surfaces. Families who lose a loved one due to the negligent actions of others often face severe financial difficulties when a relied upon source of household income is lost. However, a personal injury lawyer could file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. This litigation may seek compensation for dependent family member’s lost income and expenses such as burial costs.

Source: Ottawa Citizen, “One dead after car spins off Hwy 401 near Brockville, hits truck”, Vito Pilieci and Alison Mah, December 03, 2014