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Driver may have been impaired in fatal Ontario accident

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Auto-Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

A fatal auto-pedestrian accident may have been the result of impaired driving, according to Ontario Provincial Police. The accident happened in Alliston around 3 a.m. June 20 on Victoria Street between King and Church streets. Reports say a 32-year-old man was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck in a westerly direction on Victoria Street in the vicinity of where a New Tecumseh public works crew was painting lines on the shoulder of the road.

According to police, the driver of the pickup failed to maintain his lane, crossed over into a lane reserved for parked vehicles and struck a male and female member of the road crew. He then left the scene of the accident. A 41-year-old male member of the road crew suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by air to a Toronto hospital, but he later succumbed to his injuries. The female road crew member suffered injuries described as serious but non-life-threatening, and she was transported to a local hospital.

OPP found a vehicle nearby and took the driver into custody on suspicion of impaired driving and leaving the scene. He was taken to a nearby station where he was tested. OPP officials issued a statement asking anyone who witnesses a person driving or about to drive while impaired to report the situation by calling 911.

Because of their lack of protection, victims of auto-pedestrian accidents often suffer severe injuries or can even die. A person injured in an auto-pedestrian accident may be left with long-term, chronic pain. Physical therapy is often required, and long-term care is sometimes needed. In order to seek compensation for injuries, a victim could file a personal injury claim if the accident resulted from another’s negligence.

Source: CTV News, “One dead, one injured after being hit by truck “, Kendra Mangione, June 20, 2014

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