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Criminal defense: Driver charged in wrong-way crash

What is being described as a "spectacular" crash has resulted in the arrest of a driver in Whitecourt. Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to the car accident that destroyed the suspected individual's vehicle. He stands charged with driving with a suspended license and could face further charges as the investigation progresses. There has been no word as to whether the man has retained criminal defense counsel. 

According to the accident report, the 34-year-old man entered the northbound lanes of Highway 32 South before colliding with a logging truck headed the correct direction on the highway. The force of the impact ejected the man from his vehicle, causing serious injury. He was transported to a local hospital in non-life threatening condition. The driver of the logging truck was uninjured, and his vehicle sustained only minor damage. 

The car, however, was totalled. Police on the scene commented that such accidents usually are not survivable. The man was found to have been driving with a suspended license. Police are unsure as to why he ended up in the wrong lane of the highway, but they have ruled out inclement weather as a possible cause. Their investigation is ongoing at this time. 

Under Alberta law, the man could face serious consequences for driving with a suspended license. It may be beneficial for him to secure criminal defense counsel to help him address these charges in court. It will soon be apparent if additional charges will be forthcoming. Defense would benefit from a closer, detailed look at the specifics leading up to the accident to determine whether the driver was at fault for being in the wrong lane, or if there were extenuating circumstances. 

Source:, "Suspended driver collides in wrong lane", Hannah Lawson, Nov. 23, 2016

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