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Driver charged with aggravated assault after vehicle strikes motorcyclists

Quebec man, 25, faces multiple charges after collision that sent two motorcyclists to hospital.
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A Quebec man faces charges after a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 17 Sunday.

MARATHON, Ont. — A Quebec man faces criminal charges after a collision on Highway 17 that sent two motorcyclists to hospital with serious injuries near Marathon.

Both motorcyclists are now expected to survive after being airlifted to Thunder Bay’s regional hospital, one with life-threatening injuries, said Ontario Provincial Police.

OPP officers responded to the collision on the highway just east of Peninsula Road around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, along with Superior North EMS paramedics.

An investigation revealed a pickup truck had collided with two motorcycles before the driver fled westbound, police said.

While responding to the call, officers arrested a man in the Marathon OPP detachment parking lot, where he arrived to turn himself in.

A 25-year-old Pierrefonds, Que. man faces two counts each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and aggravated assault.

He remains in custody and is scheduled for a bail hearing on July 7 in Thunder Bay.

The driver was not known to the motorcyclists, police said.

The OPP’s North West Region Crime Unit continues to investigate the collision under direction from the force’s Criminal Investigation Branch.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122, or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online, where they may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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