No one could blame Ontario residents for feeling as if it’s a little dangerous to be indoors lately. No, it’s not due to a blast of intense sunshine or searing heat as spring and summer arrive in Ontario; it’s due to a spike in impaired driving collisions that have ended with a drunk driver crashing into a home, and in one case, a church.
Last week Peterborough residents were shocked when a drunk driver smashed straight into a Peterborough Church door and left behind significant property damage. This week it’s the city of New Hamburg that’s getting a taste for how an impaired driving crash can destroy part of a home in a blink of an eye.
A man in his mid-twenties was driving drunk when he lost control of his car, hit a fire hydrant and a rock, and the vehicle flipped in the air and then slid on its roof and landed right on the front porch of a house. The people inside the house described it as the loudest crash they’ve ever heard, and when they opened the door there was smoke coming into the home.
Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident, both in the vehicle and inside the home, and this offender will be paying the price for this impaired driving crash. He’ll soon be in court to answer to an impaired driving charge, and that charge could result in his paying fines, losing his driver’s license, and having to drive with an ignition interlock for a period of time. If a judge deems it acceptable, he may even have to pay for the property damage to the home, and if so that could add up to a staggering cost of over sixty thousand dollars.
Let’s hope this is the end of the recent run of impaired driving crashes into buildings, and that Ontario residents have a safer summer.