Black Dodge Dakota Crashes into Lake Ontario Kills One

Black Dodge Dakota Crashes into Lake Ontario Kills One
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Dave Cross

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Sgt. Dave Cross #1932 is the Media Relations Officer with the Halton Regional Police Service. His office is located at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON.

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Halton Regional Police are investigating the Region’s third traffic fatality of 2013 that claimed the life of a 43 yr old Burlington man early Monday morning.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. police received a frantic 911 call regarding a pick-up truck that had driven into Lake Ontario at the foot of Burloak Drive, the municipal boundary between the City of Burlington and the Town of Oakville.

Police, EMS and both fire departments from Burlington and Oakville attended the scene. Two firefighters from Oakville swam out to the fully submerged black Dodge Dakota pick-up truck which sat in about 3 metres of water and 45 metres away from shore. There, they were able to extricate the lone driver and bring him to shore.

The male was transported to Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. At the family’s request, his name will not be released.

The Peel Regional Police Underwater Recovery Team provided police divers to assist the Halton Police Marine Unit in recovering the truck from the water. That process took approximately 10 hours. The Ministry of the Environment was also notified due to an oil and petroleum slick caused by this crash.

Due to the collision being a fatality, members of the Collision Reconstruction Unit (C.R.U.) attended the scene and took carriage of the investigation.

The scene was closed to all traffic for approximately 5 hours. A perimeter was then narrowed while reconstructionists collected evidence and measured the scene.

Investigators will be looking into all of the factors that may have contributed to this collision and have made no tentative determination as to cause.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the C.R.U. at ext. 5065.

Contact: D/Constable Kevin RYE, Traffic Services – C.R.U., ext. 5056

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