Alcohol, lack of seatbelts suspected factors in fatal Whitby crash

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Published May 27, 2022 at 4:10 pm

A man is dead after crashing into the ditch near off Hwy 407 in Whitby.

A man is dead after his vehicle left a Hwy 401 on-ramp in Whitby and rolled-over. The OPP believe alcohol and the lack of a seatbelt my have been a factor in the his death.

Other commuters found the truck in the ditch May 27 while travelling eastbound on Hwy 401 near Lakeridge Rd. The black pick-up truck drove into a steep ditch on the east side of Lakeridge.

Witness saw the truck in the ditch shortly after, though as of an OPP release shortly before 9 p.m. investigators had yet to find anyone who saw the crash itself.

The people who found the truck called in the OPP and first responders pronounced the man, a 32-year-old from Ajax, dead on scene.

“At this time we are looking into alcohol and a lack of seatbelt use as contributing factors in this collision,” said OPP media officer Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

Police shut down both lanes of Lakeridge Rd. and the Hwy 407 on-ramp to Lakeridge for some time to investigate. Officers are calling on any witness to aid their investigation.

Anyone with information about the crash can call Whitby OPP at 905-668-3388.

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