Charges laid in fatal road crash in Milton

The  Halton Regional Police Service has commenced an investigation into the tragic deaths of two Milton youths involved in a motor vehicle collision on James Snow Parkway, in the Town of Milton.  The Collision Reconstruction Unit focused on the circumstances surrounding this collision, including the involvement of four other vehicles that were seen travelling with the vehicle that subsequently crashed.

The police  have arrested 4 Milton residents – one adult & three youths – and charged each with 2 counts of Dangerous Driving Causing Death.  All of the drivers & passengers, including the deceased victims, are known to each other. Charged is Brian LUND (18yrs) of the Town of Milton, along with three youths, also of the Town of Milton, who cannot be named subject to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

All of the accused persons were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

In this collision, and the collision which occurred in Burlington on Saturday April 16th involving a motorcycle and an SUV in which three persons died, the primary contributing factor was speed, the police said in a statement.  Five families have been devastated by speeding.  In the Burlington collision, preliminary investigation has determined that the eastbound motorcycle was travelling at speeds within the range of 150kmh to 180kmh – in a posted 80kmh zone – when the motorcycle impacted the side of the SUV.

Deputy Chief of the Halton Police Nishan Duraiappah said, “These are extremely tragic circumstances which highlight the fact that speeding, a preventable behavior, is the cause of too many collisions.  Driving behavior impacts the safety of our community, can result in tragic outcomes, and serious repercussions for so many involved.  Our service is committed to addressing this issue through a combination of enforcement, risk mitigation and prevention.  To assist, if you observe a vehicle being operated in a manner which places you, or anyone else in danger, please call 911.”

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 5065 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes). – CINEWS

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