Fatal Collision Unveils Illegal Firearm Possession; Charges Levied


In a tragic turn of events, a 19-year-old lost his life in a ghastly collision on Wednesday night. Following a comprehensive investigation into the incident, charges of numerous firearm-related offences have been levelled against an individual involved in the accident.

Late Wednesday night, around 11:15 p.m., law enforcement officers were ushered to a grave accident scene at the intersection of Tecumseh Road East and Benjamin Avenue. Two vehicles, a vintage 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a modern sedan, bore the brunt of a forceful collision resulting in considerable wreckage.

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According to police records, the sedan had four occupants at the time of the accident. The sedan’s befallen driver and two fellow passengers were hastily dispatched to the nearest hospital, nursing wounds of varying degrees, but fortunately, none that threatened their lives. However, the last passenger, a young 19-year-old, did not share their fate. The teenager bore severe injuries from the crash and despite best medical efforts, later succumbed to these injuries at the hospital.

The Chevrolet’s driver, a 38-year-old man, also survived the collision and was tended to at a hospital for injuries which, while severe, did not pose an immediate threat to life. However, it was during a routine search of his car that police chanced upon a shocking discovery. A loaded P85 9mm handgun was found concealed beneath the driver’s seat of the Chevrolet.

This startling revelation promptly led to the following charges being filed against the man: illicit possession of a restricted firearm sans a valid license, possession of a prohibited device without requisite authority, contravention of section 117 of the Firearms Act for unsafe transportation, the presence within a motor vehicle containing a restricted firearm, possession of a loaded regulated firearm, possession of a firearm despite prohibition, and ownership of a prohibited device despite prohibition.

Presently, further charges relating specifically to the cause and consequences of the perilous collision are being probed by the police. Thus, the narrative surrounding this unfortunate event remains poised on the brink of further developments.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.