Despite ongoing efforts to curb impaired driving, it keeps happening and innocent people often become the victims. In the latest case, four children were injured in a recent drunk driving crash in Ontario. The crash happened on Thursday morning, in Whitchurch-Stouffville.
The York Regional Police announced the crash in a press release today saying that they were called to the scene around 8:20 AM, yesterday on April 4. They responded to the serious, two-vehicle crash where they discovered an adult female and four children in one car who were all injured. Police say all were taken to the hospital to be treated but do not mention the extent of the injuries.
In the other car was a 47-year-old male driver, who was the lone occupant of the car. He was also injured, but police reveal that his injuries are non-life threatening. Prior to being taken to the hospital, the driver was arrested at the scene for impaired driving. He has since been formally charged with one count of impaired driving and four counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.
York Regional Police have identified the driver as Kai Ming (Calvin) Lo. The 47-year-old is a Whitchurch-Stouffville resident.
While they haven't named any of the injured victims in this crash, they have disclosed the ages of the children. There is one 13-year-old, two 12-year-olds, and a 7-year-old who were all impacted by this horrible crash.
The extent of their injuries again is not known, but in a statement York Regional Police chief Eric Jolliffe said: "Five innocent people, four of them being children, narrowly escaped this collision with their lives yesterday morning due to an impaired driver."
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that children have become the innocent victims of drunk driving. Specifically, in York Region, one notable case is the tragic crash that claimed the lives of the three Neville-Lake children.
In 2015, the children, aged nine, five, and two, along with their grandfather were killed when a drunk driver hit their car. In that case, the driver is now facing a 10-year prison sentence.
It's fortunate that this latest case didn't have the same ending but police are still calling on residents to do more. In their statement, they say "York Regional Police conducts RIDE spot checks year round and that our officers are always watching for suspected impaired drivers. We also continue to encourage citizens to call 9-1-1 if you spot a suspected impaired driver."