A transport truck driver is now facing charges for a fatal accident that occurred in June in Whitby. The accident, which occurred on Highway 401, claimed the life of a 29-year-old Scarborough man. In addition to the man, two other people apparently suffered serious injuries in the major collision.
According to police, the accident involved the transport truck, a motor coach and two passenger vehicles. It reportedly occurred at the Thickson Road Exit in Whitby. As a result of the collision, the westbound lanes of the road were closed for some time. Police believe that the multi-vehicle involved collision occurred when the transport truck first struck a Toyota Corolla. Following that initial accident, a Pontiac Sunfire then collided with the bus. The man who died was a rear passenger in the Corolla. None of the bus passengers were injured.
Upon learning of his charges, the 39-year-old transport truck driver turned himself in to police on Dec. 17. He was placed in custody awaiting a bail decision. He has been charged with dangerous driving causing death as well as dangerous driving causing bodily harm. He will return to court to answer his charges on Jan. 8.
Truck accidents can be especially catastrophic, potentially causing serious injuries and deaths. In the event that a commercial driver’s negligence causes such an accident, the families of people who are killed may wish to file wrongful death claims against the driver for his or her role in causing their loved ones’ deaths. By filing such claims, people may be able to recover damages to compensate them for their economic and noneconomic losses suffered as a result. Recoverable damages may include such things as medical expenses, reasonable funeral and burial expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship, among others. A personal injury lawyer may be able to provide help and advice.
Source: OurWindsor.ca, “Charges laid in June Hwy. 401 fatal Whitby crash“, December 22, 2014