Victim left with severe injuries after impaired driving leads to collision

Highway 2 was closed for approximately 5 hours between Clarke Road and Westbrook Road. Photo by Peter McKenty.

A serious collision involving an impaired driver caused the closure of Highway 2 between Clarke Road and Westbrook Road in the west end of Kingston on the afternoon of Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022.

At approximately 3:25 p.m. Kingston Police responded to a head-on motor vehicle collision in which an eastbound black Volkswagen Tiguan crossed the center line of the highway and struck a black Hyundai Elantra travelling westbound. The roadway was closed for about five hours.

According to a release from police, investigation revealed that the Tiguan driver had been observed by witnesses, prior to the collision, driving erratically and swerving between the eastbound lane and the oncoming westbound lane before striking the Elantra, which was being driven by the female victim.

The 45-year-old female was seriously injured and trapped inside her heavily damaged vehicle, according to the release. Kingston Fire and Rescue attended and were required to extract the victim from her vehicle. She was transported to Kingston General Hospital by Frontenac Paramedics with serious/life threatening injuries.

Police said that after speaking with the accused, officers observed that he was impaired by alcohol. The accused was subsequently arrested after initially resisting police attempts to take him into custody, according to the release. He was then transported to police headquarters where he provided two breath samples. The accused was found to have approximately two and a half times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

According to the release, Kingston Police Traffic Safety Unit Collision Reconstructionists investigated the scene prior to reopening the roadway at approximately 8:25 p.m.

Police deconstructionist investigating the scene. Photo by Peter McKenty.

A neighbour who attended the scene upon returning home noted that at least two other accidents have occurred in the same area in the recent past.

The Tiguan driver, a 35-year-old man from Laval, Quebec, was charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm, impaired operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm, impaired operation of a conveyance while exceeding blood alcohol concentration, and two counts of resisting a peace officer.

The accused was held to attend a bail hearing the following day. His driver’s licence is automatically suspended for 90 days and he would face a one year suspension if convicted, according to the release. The vehicle was seized and impounded for seven days, with the accused being responsible for all fees and fines.

Multiple reports had been taken by police prior to the collision with witnesses first observing the black Volkswagen Tiguan, with business decals on the side and Quebec licence plates, driving erratically eastbound on Highway 401 near Deseronto before exiting the highway at the Odessa exit, according to police. The vehicle had then continued eastbound on Highway 2 from County Road 6 prior to the collision occurring. 

Anyone with information about the driving behaviour of the accused leading up to and at the time of the collision is asked to please contact Constable Joanne Geikie at 613-549-4660 ext. 6307 or via email at [email protected]. Tips can be provided anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to remain anonymous.

One thought on “Victim left with severe injuries after impaired driving leads to collision

  • Any update on the lady’s condition? jHopefully better.

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