Police investigate collision and impaired driver

Published on: Jun 5, 2024 | Categories: ,

On Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers from the Barrie Police Service responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Dunlop Street West and Miller Drive in the City of Barrie.

The investigation that followed was conducted by members of the Barrie Police Traffic Unit, who received at the scene assistance from the Forensic Identification Unit.

Investigators have determined that a 23-year-old male was operating his e-bike northbound on Tiffin Street and failed to stop for a red light at Dunlop Street West. As the e-bike operator entered the intersection, an eastbound motor vehicle that was turning left onto Miller Street from Dunlop Street West, under the direction of an advance green traffic light, collided with the e-bike.

The e-bike operator sustained a serious life altering injury and was transported to a local hospital. Once stabilized, he was transported to a Toronto area trauma centre.

This collision investigation remains ongoing and police are asking that anyone who may have been travelling in the area at the time of the crash and has dash camera video to please contact Detective Constable Steele of the Barrie Police Traffic Unit by email at [email protected].

While police were investigating this collision, the intersection was closed to vehicular traffic to allow for the investigation to safely take place. At 9:35 p.m., a motor vehicle drove over pylons, road flares and around marked police vehicles with their emergency lighting activated and dangerously entered the collision scene.

A 40-year-old male from Thornton was taken into custody for impaired driving and transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where the investigation continued. He was formally charged with Operation while Impaired and was released from custody. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on June 17, 2024.

The Barrie Police Service is reminding motorists that when there is a serious motor vehicle collision, police may be required to close the road or an intersection to allow for the investigation to safely take place.  Pylons, barricades, road flares and marked police vehicles with emergency lighting activated are utilized to indicate this closure, and detouring around the scene may be required.

Although inconvenient at times, a closure is required to allow for the gathering of evidence, collision scene measurements and in some cases, to allow for collision reconstructionists to utilize available technology that enables them to determine what took place. During these unexpected closures, the Barrie Police Service values the patience and understanding of motorists and remind the public, that our investigators work in a manner that results in a road reopening as soon as the investigation safely permits.

Occurrence #: BA24031091/BA24031121
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon
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