Ontario man killed in crash near Marathon

On behalf of: admin | Posted in: Car Accidents on: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Marathon Ontario Provincial Police report that an Orillia man died in a multi-car crash on the Trans-Canada Highway in northern Ontario on Feb. 20. The crash occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m. west of Marathon, which sits near the north shore of Lake Superior.

According to the OPP, the 35-year-old victim was headed west on Highway 17 with two passengers when he crashed into a guardrail while taking a curve. Another driver, a Marathon man, then stopped to help. As the pair waited for rescuers to arrive, a second car lost control on the roadway and struck them.

The man in the first car was severely hurt and transported to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver who pulled over to render assistance was hospitalized with serious head injuries. Two passengers in the first car were taken to hospital with minor injuries. They were later released. Authorities shut down Highway 17 while they investigated the crash and cleared the scene. It reopened approximately 13 hours later. It was not reported whether any sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.

When someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident, authorities conduct a thorough investigation in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash. If it is found the accident occurred due to the actions of a negligent driver, such as one who was distracted or driving while impaired, the family of the decedent may wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit with the help of a lawyer. A successful lawsuit could bring the victim’s family needed financial help to pay for medical expenses, funeral costs and property damages.

Source: Orillia Packet, "Orillia man killed in northern Ontario crash", Feb. 21, 2015

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