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Friday May 27th, 2011

Posted at 11:20am

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ROLLOVER ACCIDENT RESULTS IN CHARGE

Windsor Police have laid a charge of Careless Driving against the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a rollover accident on the E.C. Row expressway yesterday morning.  At 11:05 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2011, uniformed WPS officers along with EMS responded to the 700 block of the North Service Rd. for a report of a vehicle that had left the E.C. Row Expressway and had rolled over several times. 

Upon arrival, officers found a 2006 Ford Freestar at rest upright in the parking lot of Windsor Factory Supply.  The vehicle was completely demolished and all airbags had been deployed.  Paramedics were treating the 30 year old female driver at the scene. She was later transported to Hotel Dieu Hospital for non-life threatening facial injuries.

The investigation revealed that the vehicle had been travelling westbound on the E.C. Row Expressway from Lauzon Rd.  Witnesses following the vehicle indicated that the van had been driving erratically by swerving all over the road and cutting off other vehicles.  As the Freestar approached the Howard Ave. exit, it veered onto the shoulder of the road and began to rollover through the grass, breaking through a chain link fence, crossing the North Service Rd. and eventually coming to rest in the parking lot of the business.

The driver of the Freestar advised officers at the hospital that just prior to the accident, her cell phone which was on the passenger seat, had been ringing and she was reaching for it when she left the roadway.  The driver was subsequently charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

Windsor Police are reminding drivers that distracted driving continues to be leading cause of serious motor vehicle collisions and that operating a motor vehicle requires their undivided attention and care.

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