UPDATE: OPP charges man after fatal collision near Napanee
UPDATE: Napanee OPP have laid a number of criminal charges against a 42-year-old Belleville man in connection with the March 6 collision on Highway 2 that claimed the life of an 88-year-old woman.
Andrew Slapkauskas has been charged with:
-First Degree Murder
-Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
-Flight from Police Causing Death
Florence Wyatt-Morris, an 88-year-old woman from Napanee, was the victim of a fatal car accident on Highway 2 near Napanee on Tuesday afternoon.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has stepped in to investigate. The unit handles investigations in which there is a death or serious injury involving police.
WATCH ABOVE: SIU investigating fatal collision in Napanee along County Rd 2
The SIU confirmed that at around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the OPP were made aware of an SUV travelling at a high rate of speed on Bridge Street through Napanee. Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but as the driver of the SUV made his way onto County Road 2, he collided with another vehicle.
Wyatt-Morris was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 42-year-old driver of the SUV was taken to hospital with a serious injury.
The accident happened right outside the home of Natasha Votary. The impact sent wreckage onto their property.
She says her 17-year-old son was outside playing ball hockey and witnessed the crash. “It was like he could feel the ground shake when the impact happened,” she says.
Her son saw the driver get out of the vehicle and confront police before he was arrested.
The road was closed in both directions and only re-opened around 4 a.m. Wednesday.
At this time, five investigators, four forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist have been assigned to the incident.
The SIU is urging anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward.
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