Driver faces charges in fatal Ontario motorcycle crash

Authorities report that a 70-year-old man who resides in Zorra Township is facing multiple charges for his involvement in a fatal motorcycle accident on Sept. 7. The incident transpired at approximately 12:45 p.m. in Zorra Township, according to Ontario Provincial Police from Oxford County.

Police say that the elderly man, who was operating a Chevrolet vehicle, collided head-on into a motorcycle at Road 64 on 19th Line after the man reportedly traversed the mid-section of the roadway. The force of the impact killed the 55-year-old London motorcyclist. Authorities who responded to the crash pronounced the victim deceased. Although the Chevrolet driver suffered minor injuries, EMS personnel transported him to hospital where he was evaluated and released.

After the incident, police conducted an investigation to determine the cause of the crash. As a result, the OPP have laid these charges against the driver of the Chevrolet: one count of causing death by criminal negligence and one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. Police detained the man until Sept. 8 when he was scheduled for his bail hearing. He was then released from jail on recognizance of bail.

Following the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one in a vehicle wreck, grieving family members face a multiplicity of details as they try to cope with their loss. Besides struggling emotionally, the family may also be saddled with financial burdens such as funeral and medical expenses along with income losses if the decedent provided financial support for dependents.

However, a local lawyer may be able to help the decedent’s family to pursue compensation for their accident-related losses through a wrongful death claim. By using evidence from police reports and witness accounts, the lawyer may be able to prove that the driver was negligent at the time the accident occurred. If police filed any charges against the driver, those charges may also support allegations of negligence in the case.

Source: AM980, “Charges Laid In Fatal Crash That Killed London Man“, Jess Brady, September 08, 2014

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