Driver charged following Friday night crash


UPDATED: A 30-year-old Etobicoke man has been charged following a serious three-vehicle collision on Highway 17 in Laurentian Hills Friday night.

The Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the OPP says the collision occurred on September 8, 2023, at approximately 9:30 pm between Rons Lane and Duck Point Trail.

Police say preliminary investigation indicates that an eastbound passenger vehicle collided with a westbound pickup truck.

A third vehicle was involved after being struck by debris from the collision. Its occupants were not injured.

An occupant of the pickup truck was transported to hospital by Renfrew County Paramedics and later transferred to Ottawa-area hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver and two passengers of the eastbound passenger vehicle sustained minor injuries. They were assessed and released at scene by paramedics.

As part of the investigation, a roadside screening device was utilized and the driver of the eastbound passenger vehicle was transported to the detachment for further testing.

As a result of this incident 30-year-old Akshay Deep Singh of Etobicoke is charged with the following Criminal Code (CC) offences:

• Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80mg plus

• Operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

The accused was released to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on October 17.

Their driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days, and their vehicle towed and impounded for seven days.

A section of Highway 17 was closed between Deep River and Mattawa for approximately four hours due to the collision.

The investigation is continuing, and police are seeking to identify the driver of the pickup truck.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-735-0188 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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