#OPP Charge Cornwall Driver TAISHA MARTELL with Impaired Driving and Causing Fatality

DECEMBER 21, 2020 – On June 18, 2020 shortly before 5:00 p.m, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry (SD&G) Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 401 Westbound (between Dickinson Road and Upper Canada Road ), South Dundas Township.

Shortly before 5:00 p.m, a westbound passenger vehicle collided with a westbound tractor trailer on Highway 401.

The passenger, Richard HESSE-ANDRE (age 22) of Cornwall, Ontario of the westbound vehicle was pronounced deceased at scene.

SD&G OPP continued to investigate with the assistance of OPP Traffic Collision Investigators (TCI) and OPP Reconstructionist.

On December 15, 2020 SD&G OPP arrested and charged the driver of the westbound passenger vehicle.

Taisha MARTELL (age 20) of Cornwall, Ontario is charged with;

–             Causing death by criminal negligence Criminal code (CC) Sec. 220(b)

–             Impaired Operation causing death CC Sec. 20.14(3)

–             Driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor – Liquor Licence Act Sec. 32(1)

–             Novice driver B.A.C above zero – Highway Traffic Act – Sec. 44.1(3)

The accused was held in custody and was scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall court on December 15, 2021.

Anyone having information on the above incidents or any other crime is asked to call SD&G OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) 

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