(HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment has charged a 28-year-old male after investigating a two vehicle collision that sent six people, including four children, to hospital. The collision occurred at the intersection of Alder Street West and Helena Street in Dunnville, Haldimand County, Ontario.

On Wednesday January 10, 2018 at 9:36 a.m., OPP, Haldimand County Fire Services  and Haldimand County paramedics responded to Alder Street West and Helena Street for a two vehicle collision where it was reported two vehicles collided at the intersection and there were children in both vehicles.

OPP investigation has determined that a vehicle was travelling north bound on Helena Street when it collided with another vehicle that was travelling west bound on Alder Street West.

Two 7-year-old females, a 9-year-old male, a 31-year-old male passenger and a 54-year-old male driver in the west bound vehicle were transported by paramedics to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A 5-year-old male in the north bound vehicle was also transported by paramedics to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

OPP has charged the 28-year-old male driver of the north bound vehicle, Aaron OTTERMAN of Dunnville, Haldimand County, Ontario with:

  • Disobey stop sign
  • Drive while child passenger not properly secured
  • Windshield obstructed
  • Insecure load
  • Fail to notify change of address

OPP reminds all drivers to ensure their child passengers are properly secured in appropriate child seats.

“This collision was preventable and could have easily ended tragically. Thankfully the injuries were non-life threatening” – comments Haldimand County OPP Constable Rod LeClair.

OPP is also reminding all drivers to remove all snow and ice from their vehicles, don’t start your commute until windows are defrosted. Drivers must ensure their can clearly see out of every window.

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