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Friday September 16th, 2011

Posted at 1:59pm

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5300 Block of Riverside Driver East (Google Maps)

Windsor Police are investigating a spectacular single motor vehicle crash in the 5300 block of Riverside Drive East at 2:20 this morning.

When police arrived they found a 2008 Mercedes at rest on the north shoulder of the road.  The vehicle was lying on the driver’s side and the engine compartment was on fire.

One officer attempted to extinguish the flames using a fire extinguisher but was not successful in his attempts.  Police observed the driver of the vehicle laying in the driver’s compartment of the vehicle and also determined that all the exposed doors of the car were locked. The driver of the vehicle was also unresponsive to the officer’s voices.  As the flames increased, the officers quickly realized the immediate necessity to remove the driver from the burning vehicle.

Completely disregarding their own safety, the officers kicked out the sunroof of the vehicle and were able to drag the driver out of the vehicle and away from the burning wreckage.  The driver sustained multiple facial fractures and lacerations.  Officers were able to stabilize the 28-year-old driver until Paramedics arrived and transported him to Hotel Dieu where he remains in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses tell police that the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Riverside at a high rate of speed when it failed to negotiate a curve at Buckingham Drive.  The driver then lost control, leaving the roadway and struck a number of large landscaping boulders located on the front edge of the properties.  The collision with these boulders caused the vehicle to flip onto its side and skid a considerable distance before bursting into flames and coming to rest on the shoulder of the road.

Three separate properties received extensive damage as a result of the collisions. The vehicle was completely destroyed.  The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle at the time of the accident.

The collision is still under investigation and charges against the driver are pending.

Alcohol does appear to be a contributing factor in the accident.

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