Man killed in multi-car crash in Ontario

On Feb. 20, an Orillia man was killed in a multi-car crash west of Marathon. According to Ontario Provincial Police, the crash happened just before 7 p.m.

Authorities said the victim lost control of his vehicle while taking a curve on westbound Highway 17, smashing into a guardrail. An eastbound driver then pulled over to render assistance. As the two drivers waited for help to arrive, a second vehicle lost control and smashed into them.

The driver of the first car, age 35, suffered severe injuries and died while undergoing treatment at a local hospital. Two passengers in his car were taken to hospital with minor injuries and then released. The driver who attempted to help, a Marathon man, was transported to hospital with serious head injuries. Highway 17, which is part of the Trans-Canada Highway, was closed for 13 hours as police conducted an investigation and cleared the scene of the crash.

Any family who loses a loved one in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver may wish to consult with a lawyer. A lawyer could use police reports, accident investigation results, witness accounts and other evidence to build a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. Such a lawsuit could bring the victim’s family needed financial relief for medical expenses, funeral and burial costs and property damage. The family may also receive compensation for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering before death and loss of companionship. Similarly, the damages suffered by those who survive a crash caused by an alletedly negligent driver might also be covered by court ordered compensation.

Source: CTV News Barrie, “Orillia man dies after multi-vehicle crash near Marathon, Ont.,” Feb. 21, 2015

Source: Orillia Packet and Times, ” Orillia man killed in northern Ontario crash,” Feb. 21, 2015