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2014-02-06 at 17:46

Suspected driver of transport involved in highway crash identified by police.
By Jamie Smith,

Police have identified the driver in a near-collision video that went viral last week.

In the video a south-bound truck driver makes an unsafe pass around a snowplow forcing a North-bound truck driver, who captured the pass on a dashboard camera, into a guardrail.

Nipigon OPP announced Thursday that they have identified the South-bound driver as a 31-year-old man from Milton. Charges are pending and his name won't be released until they have been laid.

"It was obvious from the video which has garnered a lot of attention from social media sites that this incident could have easily resulted in much more tragic circumstances," Nipigon OPP detachment commander Randy Bye said in a release.

"I am proud of the dedicated work from the members of this detachment that resulted in the successful conclusion of this investigation and and grateful for the concern this case has received from the public."

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both truck drivers had their cell phones on at the time gps tracking and cell towers recorded this case closed ,, convicted .busted .10;04
2/12/2014 3:14:44 PM
Joesmo says:
Good work on the part of the opp. Not sure about the keyboard lawyers in here though.
Opinions are like as holes. Everyone has one and some are bigger than others.
2/8/2014 5:20:44 AM
fastball says:
They're usually full of you-know-what as well.
2/8/2014 3:11:11 PM
cazam says:
I think this is great but does it mean that everyone with a dashboard cam who captures such incidents will be afforded the same attention from the OPP or will it have to go viral first?
2/7/2014 7:32:14 PM
RelaxinginMurillo says:
While watching the video again, Im pretty sure now that the plow and the offending truck were both braking and almost stopped. The plow truck left the passing truck stranded in the oncoming lane. That doesnt negate the fact(?) that the passing truck didnt appear to have enough time to pass (otherwise why didnt he just push through), but it will certainly be something the lawyers can use.
2/7/2014 6:55:17 AM
Mystified says:
Hats off to the men and women who successfully investigated this incident.
2/6/2014 11:07:49 PM
thor thunder says:
Because there was no contact between the two trucks the offending driver will just say he didn't realize the other truck hit the rail and that's why he kept driving. He'll get a small fine not much more.
2/6/2014 10:34:59 PM
gone for good says:
I love my dash cam. Never leave home with out it.
2/6/2014 7:31:09 PM
unknowncronik says:
This driver will be warned what he did was wrong & just drive truck in the USA & never return to Canadian roads again.

Not much else will happen.
2/6/2014 7:17:08 PM
Moosehead says:
He's a Canadian from Milton....not sure why he would be sent to the states?
2/6/2014 11:27:17 PM
unknowncronik says:
when I wrote the comment, it was assumed to b a US driver...
2/7/2014 9:24:53 AM
S Duncan says:
Easy to charge him, but I bet its going to be quite difficult to convict him.

At this point with so much publicity, the police have to make it appear that this type of driving will not be tolerated so they throw out a bunch of charges and grab the headline but in 6 months after a decent lawyer picks this apart the driver will go about his business with about $1500 less in his wallet from legal fees.

Cops love and hate high profile cases, they do what it takes to look good but a trial is where the men are separated from the boys.

The police know this too but it all about image and even if they don't get their conviction, the process a person must go through to defend themselves properly these days is punishment in itself.

They especially do that with firearms related offences.
2/6/2014 7:03:13 PM
humnchuck says:
You must be an absolute riot at dinner parties.
2/6/2014 8:58:33 PM
S Duncan says:
You're right, I'm not.

Im far too serious and detail oriented to be preoccupied with boring made-up dinner party-esque conversations.

Im more of a hands on, all work no-play loner type.

Does that make my opinion any less valid?
2/6/2014 11:29:58 PM
Jasper says:
I don't doubt the loner part but unless your work is trolling tbnewswatch I have to call B.S. on your all work comment. Sorry I guess you could also be a consultant, because they get paid to pretend to know everything.
2/7/2014 9:34:04 AM
S Duncan says:
I see you guys still want to make every thing about me again.

Why can't we focus on the story and eachothers comments about it?

Discussing me just makes you guys look like losers.

How about it? Stick to the story for everybody's sake.
2/7/2014 10:20:23 AM
bttnk says:
S Duncan - You form an opinioin in your post, but it is clear that you have no legal expertise. I've practised law for over 20 years. It is a near certainty that the reckless driver will be convicted. If he retains a decent lawyer, he'll likely be able to accept a reduced charge and go on with his business.

What is extremely unlikely is for him to get away with just a legal bill given the video evidence that exists. Beyond video evidence there exists a mountain of proof that it was him driving through drivers logs, etc. that could easily be subpoenaed if the driver decides to fight the charges in court.
2/7/2014 9:17:34 AM
S Duncan says:
You should have practised harder.

If you knew anything about law and legal proceedings you would know not to form an opinion on this unless you were involved in the case and had full disclosure of the crown's evidence.

Of course you may have? but I don't know.

I can tell you this.. any lawyer can easily raise doubt on this one. The onus is on the crown to prove a lot here. It must identify the driver, not just the truck. They will need sat tracking info if its available (which could condemn the driver).

At the same time he can easily claim he did not see the other driver panic and drive into the guardrail.

People said this wasn't an accident. If its not an accident how can one be guilty of leaving the scene? It could have been a mechanical failure or an impaired driver because what kind of person just drives into the guardrail on their own?

The reality is he needs to take a piece of the other truck. This is not the first rodeo of this kind.

Easy charge to dismiss.
2/7/2014 10:16:46 AM
bttnk says:
Like I said S Duncan, it is clear you don't have a legal background.

He's not just being charged with leaving the scene, he's also being charged with careless driving. If you would like you can reference subsections of the Highway Traffic Act pertaining to careless driving and overtaking and passing. With a video recording that shows his vehicle, including license plate, there is next to know chance he finds a lawyer that will convince him it is a good idea to fight this charges in court. He'll pay his fine and move on.
2/7/2014 2:03:27 PM
fastball says:
Can we just stick to the story, and not make comments about each other? That was your line, right?
And in the same breath - "You should have practiced harder". Monsieur Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.
Nice move. Stay classy.
Firstly - the video evidence (not hearsay, but actual video) clearly shows a recklessness that apparently was flagrant enough to be a chargeable offense.
Secondly - the trucking company's records would clearly indicate who was driving at the time.
Thirdly - when a LAWYER with two decades of practice under his belt tells you what's going on...and you, with your F. Lee Bailey steel-trap legal mind - honed by watching HOURS of TV drama, no doubt - decide to set him straight on the law....well, let's just say I'm betting you don't have to worry what sandwiches to bring to the annual Mensa picnic.
2/7/2014 2:53:55 PM
brooky says:
I love the fact that you get a ton likes but no verbal positive replies to your posts.
2/8/2014 1:10:41 AM
fastball says:
It would be so much better if the comments section were modernized to replace the "agree" with a "thumbs up/down"..and you were only allowed to vote ONCE.
2/8/2014 3:14:30 PM
moi says:
I agree with your points fastball..
users of the site should be allowed to vote ONLY once because we're all aware of certain posters that just luv to abuse the *agree* option,and will spend hours hitting the refresh button, agreeing with themselves a few hundred times over.A good many other news websites out there already have the "1 vote only per person" rule--too bad tbnewswatch doesn't employ this guideline.
2/9/2014 10:53:11 AM
Tbaylifer 1 says:
The OPP stated on the televised news that they spent numerous hours over 3 divisions to get him. I hope the judge not only takes into consideration the possible loss of life and propriety damage but the time put up in by the OPP. Good job.
2/6/2014 6:49:48 PM
NowayJose says:
What else can you say? This guy did an exceptional job avoiding an accident.
I travelled the same highway, weekly for two years and have never experienced a bad truck driver!
I hope this gentleman gets reimbursed for the damages!
2/6/2014 6:45:14 PM
livewire says:
Two thumbs up for the OPP
2/6/2014 6:34:07 PM
olive garden says:
charge him heavy so he will learn how to drive safely next time hopefully.
2/6/2014 6:16:24 PM
Doug Meyers says:
Good work!
2/6/2014 5:59:23 PM
moi says:
totally agree Doug.
2/6/2014 6:14:40 PM
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