Early yesterday morning, just before 5 AM, Halton Police responded to a single-vehicle car crash in Oakville. The car had been going south on Eighth Line before the somehow travelling through a chainlink fence, ending up on the QEW/403 highway before crashing into a concrete barrier. When police arrived on the scene they discovered that a 13-year-old driver was involved in the serious crash.
In the car alongside the 13-year-old male who hasn't been named for privacy reasons, was a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old, both male as well. All three boys were taken to a children's hospital where one, the 14-year-old remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, while the 16-year-old also sustained serious injuries but is now stable. The driver only suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Now, however, that 13-year-old driver could be facing more than just a few injuries. While no charges have been laid in this case, Halton Police are now investigating. At the time of the crash, the Collision Reconstruction Unit of Halton Police came to document the scene of the crash and lead the investigation. They believe that inexperience and speed where factors here but are doing a full investigation as well.
While it's not clear what the police are planning to do here, depending on how that investigation goes, the 13-year-old driver could be facing some serious charges. The first is a charge for driving without a license which comes with a fine of $200 to $1000 and remains on your driving record for three years.
Then there are the more major charges. For example, the driver could face criminal code charges including dangerous driving causing bodily harm, which could have a maximum prison sentence of five years. Since this is also a criminal offence, the driver would have an official criminal record, but the penalty would all be determined by the Youth Criminal Justice Act given the driver's age.
In this case, the 13-year-old was also driving his parent's car, likely without their consent though police haven't confirmed those details. If that's true, the driver could also face "joyriding" charges. This is when a car is taken without the consent of the owner, but with the intention of returning it. Again the penalty would be determined by the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
However, the police in the past have not been as strict about this rule. In 2016 for example, OPP caught an 11-year-old joyriding in his parent's car after playing Grand Theft Auto. They opted not to press charges given his age. That incident didn't result in a crash, however.
Halton Police have not charged the driver with anything in the aftermath of this crash but the investigation is still ongoing. They are asking if anyone witnessed the crash to contact them 905-825-4747 ext 5065 to give a statement.
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