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Fatal Ontario auto accident results in criminal charges

The owner of a trucking company in Thunder Bay has been charged with criminal negligence in the death of a 36-year-old Ontario Provincial Police officer. The charge stems from an automobile accident that occurred in Blind River in February. According to reports, a transport truck belonging to the trucking company was traveling on Highway 17 east of Blind River around 6:50 a.m. Feb. 13 when it collided with the off-duty officer's sport utility vehicle, killing him. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The truck driver was charged with failure to report a defect, failure to record the defect in a daily inspection record, careless driving and criminal negligence causing death. The trucking company was initially charged with failure to ensure that a daily inspection was properly conducted. Provincial police have now charged the owner of the trucking company with criminal negligence causing death. Both the truck driver and the owner of the trucking company are scheduled to appear in court July 3 in Blind River.

When an auto accident results from the actions of a driver, such as speeding or failing to maintain a single lane, the driver is usually considered to be negligent. In this case, the negligent acts seem to apply to the proper servicing and maintenance of a vehicle. Failure to maintain a vehicle properly can lead to mechanical failure, which can cause an accident.

When a person is injured in an accident resulting from negligence, the injured person can sometimes file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for such things as pain and suffering. If an accident results in death, the victim's family may be able to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim.

Source: CBC News, "ABI Trucking owner Ian Fummerton charged in fatal crash", June 24, 2014

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