Distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt factors in Sept. 6 fatal accident : Amherstburg police

 

Amherstburg police investigated a fatal crash Sept. 6 on Concession 2 North. Eighteen-year-old Emily Bernauer of LaSalle was killed in the crash.

Amherstburg police investigated a fatal crash Sept. 6 on Concession 2 North. Eighteen-year-old Emily Bernauer of LaSalle was killed in the crash.

Texting while driving and not wearing a seatbelt are contributing factors to the crash that killed 18-year-old Emily Bernauer of LaSalle, states the Amherstburg Police Service.

The accident occurred in the early evening hours Sept. 6. Amherstburg police state the car left the road and crashed into a front yard of a residence on Concession 2 North after striking a mailbox and partially ejecting Bernauer from the vehicle. Police say that investigators have determined that distracted driving (texting) is a contributing factor in the cause of the accident. Investigators have also determined the Bernauer was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident and this was a contributing factor in her death. “This is accident is a tragic lesson in why we have laws for texting while driving and wearing your seat belt. This unfortunate accident was preventable,” said Sr. Const. Shawn McCurdy, Amherstburg police’s media relations officer, in a press release.

The Amherstburg Police Service is advising that it is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act to text and/or use your cell phone while driving a motor vehicle without a hands free device. The set fine for using a hand held communication device is $280, police say. It is also an offence under the Highway Traffic Act to not wear your seatbelt with the fine for failing to properly wear seatbelt being $250.

“However more importantly, these careless acts can be a danger to you or someone else’s life!” the release added. “Please do not text and drive and please always wear your seat belt!”

The accident investigation will continue.

Anyone with information or may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-3622 or Windsor/Essex Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477.

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