$52K bail for man charged in QEW chain reaction crash

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Yasir Baig, a Mississauga man turned himself in to police Wednesday and was released on $52,000 bail Thursday afternoon.

It was the crash that claimed the life of a 19-year-old woman.

He faces four charges:

• Dangerous driving causing death.
• Dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
• Failure to remain at the scene of a collision causing death.
• Failure to remain at the scene of a collision causing bodily harm.

The Jan. 27 crash on the QEW east of Cawthra Road claimed the life of Nicole Turcotte and left a 19-year-old woman in critical condition. Five others were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

In the days following the collision, police said six vehicles were involved and that it appeared to have been caused by an incident of road rage on the part of one of the drivers.

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OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said at the time that the driver in question is believed to have switched from the middle eastbound lane into the left lane before suddenly slowing down “for an unknown reason.”

That created a cascading effect, causing four vehicles behind the car to slam into one another, and a pickup truck behind them to hit the Toyota in which Turcotte was a passenger.

The driver of the lead vehicle then sped off and exited at the West Mall. Schmidt said tips from the public helped identify the vehicle and its driver. – CINEWS

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