OPP lay charges in last year’s hit and run of occupied ice fishing huts

Photo of the tire tracks leading up to the ice fishing huts that were struck by a truck on Sand Lake in the early morning of Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Photo via Kassy Strugnell (Facebook).

Nearly one year after two men in ice fishing shelters were struck by a pick-up truck on Sand Lake, a local man has been arrested and charged in relation to the incident.

The hit and run took place at approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, when a pick-up truck drove onto the ice at Sand Lake, just west of Frontenac Provincial Park. The truck struck two small, nylon ice fishing huts, both of which had were occupied by lone males at the time. One of the men was knocked unconscious from the blow, and the second male, who was not seriously injured, was able to drive the injured victim to hospital. Both men were treated for minor injuries and later released.

Following the incident, the driver of the pick-up truck fled the scene. In the following days, the Frontenac County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) requested public assistance from anyone with information regarding the hit and run.

According to a press release from the OPP on Monday, Feb. 2, 2020, the investigation has now resulted in the arrest of Devon Berry, 23, of South Frontenac Township. Berry has been charged with:

  • Two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm
  • Two counts of failure to stop at an accident resulting in bodily harm

According to the OPP, Berry was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston later this month.

Photo of the damaged ice fishing huts and gear after a truck struck two occupied ice fishing huts on Sand Lake in the early morning of Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Photo via Kassy Strugnell (Facebook).

7 thoughts on “OPP lay charges in last year’s hit and run of occupied ice fishing huts

  • February 3, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    How can such an act of complete disregard for human life result in these charges? Facebook shows him and buddies bragging about a snow boarding trip with only booze and no food only days after what could have been murder of two completely innocent people. Friends on the OPP?
    Was he also allowed to drive away with his promise to appear? Our system is broken to say the very least. Hopefully the judge has more backbone than the crown when sentencing takes place.

  • February 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Great work by all officers involved. It’s great that you stayed on the case and followed the leads. The charges fit the crime, regardless of what others may want.

    • February 5, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      The charges don’t fit the crime. Total disregard for human life and he’s just lucky no one died although I doubt someone who would do this would care.

  • February 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    this guy needs jail 10 years , no license for life , and charged fro his damages to the fisherman .

  • February 4, 2020 at 9:39 am

    The families of the victims agree. We are just happy he has been charged with something at this point. We will see how court plays out

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