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10-year-old in critical condition after single-vehicle crash near Thessalon: OPP

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A 37-year-old Blind River resident faces multiple charges after a single-vehicle collision sent a 10-year-old passenger to hospital in critical condition earlier this week.

In a news release issued today, the East Algoma OPP detachment said officers responded to a call at around 4:20 p.m. yesterday of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 17 east of Thessalon.

Investigation determined the driver failed to make a curve on Highway 17 near Station Road. The vehicle left the roadway, entered the ditch, and rolled numerous times. A 10-year-old rear seated passenger was ejected from the car and was transported to Sault Area Hospital in critical condition. The front passenger was taken to Thessalon Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

As a result, Lily Bouchard, 37 of Blind River, was arrested and faces multiple charges. 

The full release, including all charges, is as follows: 

MUNICIPALITY OF HURON SHORES — On Jan. 13, 2022 at approximately 4:20 p.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Mississauga First Nation Police Service, the Algoma District Paramedic Services (ADPS) and Huron Shores Fire Department, responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Highway 17 in the Municipality of Huron Shores (east of Thessalon). 

Investigation determined a westbound car failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 17 near Station Road. The vehicle left the roadway, entered the north ditch, and rolled numerous times. A 10-year-old rear seated passenger was ejected from the car and was transported to Sault Area Hospital in critical condition. The front passenger was taken to Thessalon Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

As a result of the investigation, the driver Lily Bouchard, 37 years of age from Blind River, was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - Alcohol and drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Operation while impaired - Blood alcohol concentration, contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the CC
  • Operation causing bodily harm, contrary to section 320(14)(2) of the CC
  • Dangerous operation causing bodily harm, contrary to section 320.13(2) of the CC (Two Counts)
  • Breach of recognizance, contrary to section 811 of the CC
  • Drive motor vehicle - No licence, contrary to section 32(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
  • Drive while passenger under 16 fails to wear seat belt, contrary to section 106(4)(a)(ii) of the HT

The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Video Bail in Blind River on Jan. 14, 2022 and was remanded into custody. 

The OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement Team (TIME), and the OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) are continuing the investigation.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.