One man has been charged with impaired driving and a variety of other offences following a fatal collision that occurred in Markham on New Year’s Eve.
On Tuesday December 31, at approximately 7:20 pm, police reportedly responded to reports of a collision in the area of Elgin Mills Road and Ninth Line. It was determined that two vehicles — a white Hyundai Veloster and a white Toyota — were involved.
The driver of the Toyota, a 68-year-old man from the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Stanley Choy, was arrested for impaired driving.
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Choy, 40, of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, has been charged with Impaired Operation Cause Death, Operation Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 Plus Causing Death, and Dangerous Operation Cause Death.
Due to an interaction between York Regional Police and the suspect vehicle, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was reportedly notified, and is now investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Preliminary information suggests that at about 7:15 on the 31, a York Regional Police officer was passed by a Hyundai Veloster while driving along Major Mackenzie Drive East near Kennedy Road.
The officer proceeded to follow the vehicle and, near Ninth Line and Elgin Mills Road East, the Veloster became involved in a collision with a Toyota Corolla. The driver of the Corolla was pronounced dead, while the driver of the Veloster sustained no serious injuries.
In 2019, York Regional Police laid more than 1,700 charges for impaired-related driving offences and the number of drivers choosing to drive while impaired is showing no signs of decreasing.
Any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police, or anyone who may have dashcam footage of the collision, are being asked to please come forward.
York Regional Police is asking anyone with information to contact the Major Collision Investigation Unit by calling 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.