Alcohol Contributed To LaSalle Teen’s Death In Amherstburg, Say Police

Wednesday March 4th, 2015

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Amherstburg Police have released new information into the September death of 18-year-old Emily Bernauer of LaSalle.

Bernauer was killed in the evening of September 6th when her vehicle rolled over in the 1300 block of 2nd Concession North.

The teen’s 2000 Toyota Echo lost control, struck a mailbox, and rolled over.

Police said Wednesday the investigation revealed alcohol as a contributing factor and led to 11 charges against the Shores of Erie Wine Festival and a local grocery store.

“The investigation into the accident that took the life of 18yr old female back on Saturday September 6, 2014 has revealed through post mortem toxicology results that alcohol and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) were in the victim’s system at the time of the collision,” says Amherstburg Police Constable Shawn McCurdy. “These were determined to be contributing factors to the collision, along with distracted driving (texting) as previously reported.”

McCurdy says a total of 11 charges have been laid under the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario to “several members of the Shores of Erie Wine Festival and Sobeys Amherstburg.”

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