We can confirm that the accused in yesterdays Oakville crash into the lake was one our new members, the union representing Peel Regional Paramedic Services said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Emergency crews were called to the area of Maple Grove Drive and Lakeshore Road East at around 3 a.m. to investigate a report of a person knocking on doors.
Suspected impaired driver in fatal Lake Ontario crash was Peel paramedic: union
Upon arrival at the scene, officers said they discovered that a vehicle entered the lake after crashing through a metal barrier at the dead end of Maple Grove Drive.
The body of a 27-year-old man, who was a passenger inside the vehicle at the time, was later located by search and rescue teams.
Crews pull a car from the shore of Lake Ontario after it crashed into the water on Nov. 5, 2018. The body of a man, a passenger in the vehicle, was later recovered from the lake.
The paramedic, identified by OPSEU 277 as Aaron Dobbs of Welland, has been charged with impaired driving causing death and refusing to provide a breath sample.
Our thoughts are with the families of those impacted, the union said. We are unable to comment further as the matter is before the courts.
He left the Milton courthouse before noon and appeared to be limping while walking to a vehicle with family members, according to a CTV News Toronto reporter.
A 22-year-old Peel paramedic has been charged with impaired driving causing death after a man’s body was pulled from Lake Ontario in Oakville where a vehicle entered the water on Monday.
Halton Regional Police said they responded to the area around 3 a.m. near Maple Grove Drive and Lakeshore Road East to investigate a report of a person knocking on doors.
After arriving on scene, police said the officers located a man and discovered a collision had occurred that resulted in a vehicle entering Lake Ontario from a dead-end street.
Authorities confirmed Monday afternoon that a mans body recovered from the water was a passenger in the vehicle. He has been identified as Shawn Harpur, a 27-year-old Mississauga resident.
The man is charged with impaired driving causing death and refusing to provide a breath sample. He remains in custody and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing.
Aaron Dobbs, an Oakville resident, was arrested and charged with impaired driving causing death and refusing to provide a breath sample.
Police found the person, who was the male driver, and discovered the crash at the end of a dead-end street. The man told officers that a person was still trapped inside the vehicle.
Dobbs made a brief appearance in a Milton court before being released on bail. He was flanked by family members when he exited the courthouse.
Global News confirmed on Monday that Dobbs was recently hired as a paramedic with Peel Regional Paramedic Services.
The Peel Paramedic Union also tweeted confirmation Tuesday morning and union president Dave Wakely said they would not be commenting beyond that statement.
We can confirm that the accused in yesterdays Oakville crash into the lake was one of our new members. Our thoughts are with the families of those impacted. We are unable to comment further as the matter is before the courts. @Peel_Paramedics
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign has been launched in Harpur’s memory. The campaign statement described Harpur as an “amazing being.”
“Harpur was involved in an accident out of his control and taken away from us way too soon. He will be deeply missed but left with us our memories and photos that can never be taken from us,” the website said.
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