A York Regional Police officer with the Traffic Enforcement Unit had a vehicle stopped in the right lane of Highway 7 east of Hunters Point Drive in Richmond Hill. The officer was sitting inside the cruiser, with emergency lights flashing, when a Honda CRV crashed into the back of his vehicle.
The force of the collision pushed the police cruiser into the Audi Q5 that had initially been stopped. All three drivers, including the police officer were taken to hospital suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. All have since been released.
As a result of the collision, Highway 7 was closed in both directions from Bathurst Street to Yonge Street for several hours.
Investigators with the York Regional Police Major Collision Investigation Unit are warning the public of the danger of not slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles.
If you see an emergency vehicle or a tow truck with its amber lights flashing stopped facing the same direction you are going, the law states that you must slow down and pass with caution. If the road has two or more lanes, you must leave a lane of space between you and the emergency vehicle, if you can do so safely.
Drivers can be charged if they don’t slow down or move over when safe to do so near emergency vehicles or tow trucks that are stopped with sirens or lights flashing, with the following penalties for a first offence:
- $400 to $2,000
- Three demerit points upon conviction
- Possible suspension of driver’s licence for up to two years
The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police are being asked to please come forward.
York Regional Police is asking anyone with information to contact the Major Collision Investigation Unit by calling 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip by sending TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK. – CINEWS