Hamilton Native Dead in Seventh ATV Crash in Two Months in Ontario


A tragic incident unfolded in northeastern Ontario, as a 39-year-old Hamilton native fell victim to an ATV crash involving an intoxicated driver this past Saturday. This marks the seventh mortality from an ATV incident in the area in under two months.

The incident occurred on Rain Lake Road, Kearney, roughly 100 kilometres south of North Bay. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) mentioned that the victim was accompanied by three other individuals on the side-by-side vehicle during the crash. Both the Kearney Fire Department and Parry Sound District Emergency Medical Service were dispatched in immediate response to the unfortunate occurrence around 4:40 p.m.

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While two Hamilton natives, a 36-year-old and a 40-year-old, escaped the incident without the need of medical assistance, the 39-year-old victim suffered critical injuries. An immediate airlift to a hospital took place, but alas, the individual eventually succumbed to the gravity of their injuries.

Authorities will commission a post-mortem procedure for the victim, while the police continue to investigate. The investigation’s early findings led to the apprehension and subsequent charging of the 35-year-old ATV driver from Burlington, Ontario, with operation causing death and impaired driving. Public information regarding the driver’s physical condition post-accident has been withheld so far.

The accused is under detention and awaits a preliminary bail hearing on Sunday. The court is yet to evaluate the veracity of these allegations.

In a grim tally, a total of seven fatalities, three children inclusive, have emerged from ATV accidents in northeastern Ontario since July 23.

In separate incidents, a mother-daughter duo from Parry Sound and a father-son pair were met with fatal triggers. In the former incident, the woman’s nine-year-old child survived, while in the latter accident, the father and his 12-year-old son were killed on their way back home from fishing when they collided head-on with a pickup truck near Timmins.

In another sorrowful episode, a 10-year-old girl from Barrie was killed in an ATV rollover around Sault Ste. Marie, and in Greater Sudbury’s Hanmer community, a 34-year-old man perished when he was unable to execute a turn and plunged down a steep embankment.

Two officers from the OPP were reported traversing through the northern Ontario bushland on their ATVs this September.