Alcohol, distracted driving eyed as factors in deadly Pickering crash

Police suspect alcohol, distraction to be factors in second deadly GTA crash in as many days

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Police say both alcohol and distraction may have been factors in a deadly crash that claimed the life of a Vaughan man.

Just before 7:30 a.m., a red Toyota was travelling in the eastbound express lanes of the 401 near Whites Rd. when it slammed into the rear of an SUV driven by a 73-year-old male.

The SUV had broken down and was pulled over on the right shoulder when it was struck, said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

Despite efforts of first responders and the arrival of an air ambulance, the elderly man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Eastbound lanes remained closed at Port Union Rd. until just after noon.

The driver of the Toyota, Schmidt said, was a 17-year-old G2 driver’s licence holder from Toronto.

“We are investigating alcohol as a contributing factor, as well as distraction and any other circumstances,” he said.

Anybody who witnessed the crash or has dashcam footage is asked to contact OPP at 416-235-4981.

Friday’s crash comes just a day after a driver was killed Thursday morning in a seven-vehicle wreck on the southbound 400 near Sheppard Ave. after a transport truck plowed into a row of stopped vehicles.

bpassifiume@postmedia.com
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