SE OPP – Investigation of Fatal Collision Completed – Charges Laid

Investigation Completed – Charges Laid

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have laid charges resulting from the investigation of a fatal collision.

On February 20, 2022 at 11:05 a.m., members of the Superior East Detachment of the OPP responded to a serious two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 519, approximately 40 kilometres north of Wawa. The investigation revealed that a southbound ambulance struck a southbound snowplow. As a result, Connie HALVERSON, 68 years-of-age, of White River, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Shani LARRETT, 45 years-of-age, of Wawa, has been charged with the following:

  • Careless driving causing death, contrary to section 130(3) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), and
  • Careless driving causing bodily harm, contrary to section 130(3) of the HTA.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 21, 2022 in Wawa.

Members of the North East Region Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (T.I.M.E.) team assisted with the investigation.

Feb 21, 2022 at 14:12

On February 20, 2022 at 11:05 a.m., members of the Superior East Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a serious two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 519, approximately 40 kilometres north of Wawa.

The investigation has revealed that a southbound ambulance struck a southbound snow plow. The passenger in the ambulance, a 68-year-old female, from White River, was pronounced deceased at the scene. One of the paramedics in the vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries and the other sustained life threatening injuries as a result of the collision. The plow driver was not injured.

Members of the North East Region Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (T.I.M.E.) team are assisting with the ongoing investigation.

The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notification. Highway 17 between Wawa and White River has reopened in both directions.

Feb 20, 2022 at 14:00

On February 20, 2022 at 11:05 a.m., members of the Superior East Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a serious two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 519, approximately 40 kilometres north of Wawa.

One person has been confirmed deceased as a result of the collision. The investigation is still ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available. 

Highway 17 between Wawa and White River will remain closed for several hours while police conduct their investigation. 

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