Update: Shattered Corolla stopped while driving on Hwy. 401 from Oshawa

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Published February 16, 2024 at 10:34 am

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Update 3 p.m: The OPP has provided more information about the damaged Corolla stopped on Hwy. 401.

In an update posted around 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said reports started coming in about a Corolla with “extensive damage” around 6 p.m. the evening before. Reports said the driver was travelling erratically on the highway.

When the OPP caught up to the car they learned an unlicensed 24-year-old man was driving the car. The investigation revealed the car had been involved in a crash east of the GTA. Schmidt said the investigation into that collision remains underway. However, he did not specify where the initial crash occurred.

“Thanks to the witnesses who called in that vehicle,” Schmidt said, “Certainly a dangerous situation with pieces falling off and the vehicle not staying together. It could have resulted in more collisions down the road.”

Original story follows.

A driver in Oshawa put new meaning to the adage “you can’t kill a Toyota” by driving a shattered Corolla down the highway.

Video emerged on Feb. 16 of the sedan with its rear windshield blown out and the rear driver’s side door shorn from the hinge. The car was travelling westbound on Hwy. 401 heading into Whitby when the video was recorded by another driver.

The OPP Highway Safety Division had already confirmed they stopped the Corolla by 9 p.m. on Feb. 15. They received multiple complaints about the car from other drivers.

The driver of the Corolla was ultimately charged with driving an unsafe vehicle.

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