York Regional Police are appealing to the public for information after an intense drunk driving crash last week in Thornhill. The crash happened mid-afternoon on December 11th near Highway 407 and Bayview.
The police also released a video with their appeal and it shows just how concerning this crash, and impaired driving in general really is.
IMPAIRED - We're looking to speak with anyone who witnessed this collision, especially people in the bus shelter. Occurred on Dec 11, 2:30pm in the area of Hwy407 and Bayview Ave. Driver charged with Impaired by Drug. Call 866-876-5423 x7241 with any info. https://t.co/BkahWVq4Ak pic.twitter.com/kfy1Skj6Og
The driver, who is seen in a black SUV, goes through an intersection, attempting to turn right perhaps but ends up hopping over the median and driving up on the sidewalk on the far side of the road.
The car then crashes into a glass bus shelter with two people inside. Since the car drove at the shelter on an angle, the people were unable to escape and narrowly missed being run over by the SUV. They were only able to get out after the impact of the crash caused the glass to shatter around them.
Unfortunately, York Regional Police are no stranger to impaired drivers. In the past month, they have been charging a seemingly large number of people with impaired driving.
In the past week alone, from December 10th to 17th, York Regional Police charged 30 different people with impaired driving-related charges. A number of those charges were also for failing to provide a breath sample, which now carries the same penalty as drunk driving under Canada's new laws.
York Regional Police have already charged the driver from the bus shelter crash with impaired driving and now they are asking any witnesses to come forward including the two people seen running away from the bus shelter.