19-year-old charged with impaired driving following fatal crash in Richmond Hill

Aug 19 2019, 1:08 pm

A 19-year-old man is facing multiple charges, including impaired driving and criminal negligence causing death, following a fatal collision in Richmond Hill over the weekend.

According to York Regional Police, on Sunday, August 18, around 9:30 pm, officers responded to reports of a multi-vehicle collision on Yonge Street, south of Jefferson Sideroad.

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When officers arrived at the scene, they determined that four vehicles were involved in the collision, including a white Mercedes that struck a grey Hyundai, a red Toyota Sienna van, and a white Mazda.

Police say many witnesses in the area who saw the crash rushed to assist those injured.

This included the driver of the white Mazda, a 44-year-old man from Richmond Hill, who sadly succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two passengers in the Mazda, a 40-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy both of Richmond Hill, were taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the grey Hyundai attended hospital with minor injuries and two occupants in the red Toyota Sienna van were not injured.

The driver and passenger in the Mercedes were taken to hospital with minor injuries and the driver has since been charged with impaired-related offences in connection with the collision.

According to police, 19-year-old Fereidoon Hayatibahari has been charged with impaired driving causing death, two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing death, and two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

“I would like to express our gratitude to members of our community who rushed to the scene to provide aid to the injured following the collision,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe in a statement. “This is a tragic loss for this family and our community as a result of impaired driving.

“This behavior is unacceptable and keeps happening despite our ongoing efforts. The message is clear: Don’t drink or use drugs and drive. York Regional Police is committed to continuing our work in the fight against impaired driving. We are not giving up.”

Yonge Street was closed in all directions, from 19th Avenue and Jefferson Side Road to allow officers to investigate the crash but it was reopened early Monday morning.

Anyone with relevant information is urged to call to contact York police’s major collision investigation unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.