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Driver of third vehicle charged in Hwy. 144 fatal collision

A 46-year-old Onaping man died as a result of the weekend crash between Dowling and Onaping Falls
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A driver from a third vehicle involved in the June 19 fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 144 between Dowling and Onaping Falls has been arrested.

On June 21, members from the Nipissing West (Sudbury) detachment of the OPP, with the assistance of the public, were able to identify a third vehicle involved in the collision.As a result of the investigation, a 25-year-old man from the City of Greater Sudbury was arrested and charged with:

  • Dangerous operation, contrary to section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Failure to stop after accident, contrary to section 320.16(1) of the CC

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice Aug. 24 in Sudbury.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a commercial motor vehicle and a passenger vehicle were involved in the collision, and that one of the vehicles caught fire. 

The driver of the passenger vehicle, Jean Desjardins, 46, of Onaping, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The collision resulted in the highway being closed in both directions for approximately eight hours, according to an OPP media release.