(EAST ZORRA-TAVISTOCK TOWNSHIP, ON) - On Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at approximately 4:23 a.m., members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Oxford Detachment, responded to a two vehicle collision between two cars on Highway 59, south of Cassel Sideroad, in East Zorra-Tavistock Township.
The investigation, thus far has revealed, that a 4-door Chevrolet car was travelling northbound on Highway 59, when it crossed into oncoming traffic. A 4-door Hyundai car was southbound on Highway 59, turned to avoid the oncoming car but was struck and came to rest in a ditch. The Chevrolet car left the roadway and struck a tree.
As a result of the collision, the adult female driver of the Hyundai was extricated, and was transported to area hospital with serious injuries. The adult male passenger of the Hyundai was transported to hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
East Zorra-Tavistock Fire Department (Hickson) and Oxford County Paramedics assisted at the scene. The roadway was closed for several hours for the investigation.
The driver of the Chevrolet, Christopher WHETSTONE, 20 years-of-age, of Woodstock was arrested and the scene and charged with the following offences:
Driving While Ability Impaired - Cause Bodily Harm (2 counts)
Driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 Milliliters of blood.
Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle - Cause Bodily Harm (2 counts)
A 90-day Administrative Driver's Licence Suspension and 7-day Vehicle Impoundment were issued, and he is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice- Woodstock on July 24, 2018 in order to answer to the charges.
Police are looking to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision. Any person with information about this incident should contact the Oxford OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.