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Additional charges in fatal collision

Friday, May 16, 2014   by: Staff



BLIND RIVER – On February 13, 2014, at 6:50 a.m. a collision between a motor vehicle and transport truck on Highway 17, Blind River, resulted in the death of David DENNIE, 36, of Blind River.

As a result of the ongoing investigation and additional information received, the driver, Gary TYSKA, 61, of Thunder Bay has been charged with:

  • Causing Death by Criminal Negligence as per s. 220(b) of the Criminal Code;
  • Careless Driving as per s. 130 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA);
  • Fail to enter defect in daily inspection report as per s. 107(8)(a) of the HTA; and
  • Fail to report defect to operator as per s. 107(8)(b) of the HTA.

Additionally, ABI Trucking of Thunder Bay was charged with ‘Fail to ensure daily inspection is conducted properly’ as per s. 107(4)(b) of the HTA.

The driver is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on July 3, 2014 in Blind River. 

The investigation is continuing.


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A Proud Canuck 5/16/2014 8:10:37 PM Report

This is one of those few times I do not feel proud to be a Canuck.

No disrespect to the deceased and his family, but why is it only when a peace officer is involved in a tragic fatal crash do the police themselves conduct a lengthy, grand-scaled investigation using all resources at their disposal to ensure all possible charges available to them are laid?

If this were any other law abiding citizen suffering the same fate (as we've seen far too many times), do you believe a much lower level of investigation and no additional charges would be fair to that deceased person and their family?
Sam C 5/16/2014 8:15:59 PM Report

A Proud Canuck... no, I do not believe there would be a lesser effort put forth investigating a collision for a civilian.
firefly42 5/16/2014 11:30:21 PM Report

I do believe that Police officers go above and beyond when one of their own is involved in a tragedy. I understand this to a point, as they put their lives at risk to protect us on a a daily basis.

I also believe that some, not all,look away in other cases, if an officer (or family member) is suspected of wrong doing. This is injustice.
Jimssm 5/17/2014 8:56:52 AM Report

People seem to have missed the 'new information received' in the article.

New charges were the result of that new information, not because they were doing any extra investigating than they would have done with any other accident.
Lobby1 5/17/2014 11:31:36 AM Report

Proud Canuck, you, and many like you make false assumptions all the time, based on nothing more than suspicions. Just wish people like you would keep your negative, disrespectful comments to yourself. When is the last time you heard of an OPP officer not charging someone when they had the opportunity or the necessity?? Next time you are feeling like you need to dump on others, think about what you say. Very discouraged with people.
A Proud Canuck 5/18/2014 12:24:17 AM Report

Lobby1 - I'm sorry that I've obviously struck some type of personal chord with you to illicit such negative generalizations from your own comments. I was just freely expressing my opinion based on prior observations that I myself and many others have made. Also, similar situations have been previously discussed and debated on this medium.

Perhaps take a look at your own issues and deal with whatever is bothering you before you decide to "dump on others". Remember, those who live in glass houses shouldn't cast stones.
Tag33&1/3rd 5/20/2014 7:24:42 AM Report

There was more to this story that they aren't telling! Also what is this new info?
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