Identity of Man Killed in Lake Ontario Crash in Oakville Revealed

Identity of Man Killed in Lake Ontario Crash in Oakville Revealed
Peel paramedic charged with impaired driving causing death granted bail
A 22-year-old man facing impaired driving charges in connection with a vehicle plummeting into Lake Ontario in Oakville on Monday, allegedly killing a passenger, has been identified as a Peel paramedic.

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.

A 22-year-old man facing impaired driving charges in connection with a vehicle plummeting into Lake Ontario in Oakville on Monday, allegedly killing a passenger, has been identified as a Peel paramedic.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"We can confirm that the accused in yesterday's Oakville crash into the lake was one of our new members. Our thoughts are with the families of those impacted," the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Local 277, which calls itself the Peel Paramedic Union, said in a tweet on Tuesday.

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.

Police divers searched the water for the passenger, but did not find anyone initially. Later, the body of a Mississauga man, 27, was found on the shore near the scene of the crash.

Global News confirmed on Monday that Dobbs was recently hired as a paramedic with Peel Regional Paramedic Services.

A man charged with impaired driving offences after a car plunged into Lake Ontario on Monday, leaving a passenger dead, was a new paramedic in Peel Region, the union says.

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

Any witnesses who have not yet talked to police about the crash are urged to call Halton police's collision reconstruction unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 5065. 

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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