In many cases, Ontario drunk driving crashes aren’t simple fender benders. Because these crashes tend to happen at high speeds and are caused by someone who’s drunk, they are violent, metal-twisting crashes that leave the people involved severely injured or dead.
One Barrie, Ontario drunk driving crash happened just like that, but the driver in this crash wasn’t about to take the blame for it. Andrew Fallows, a 28-year-old man from Seabright, Ontario, was driving after drinking a half bottle of whiskey. He crashed his truck into a divider on a highway, and his passenger suffered massive injuries because of the impact.
Instead of getting help he moved her body into the driver’s seat, put the seat belt over her shoulder, and crawled into the passenger seat. When police arrived, they airlifted her to the hospital but she died nine days later. They discovered that the driver who switched had no driver’s license, no insurance, and was almost three times the legal limit.
Police figured out he’d been driving at the time of the crash, and they were probably helped along by the fact that this drunk driver had moved someone out of the passenger seat before a previous arrest. He had been convicted of drunk driving in 2010 after a police officer watched him drive recklessly. When he was pulled over police saw him move into the passenger seat and attempt to pass off the blame for driving drunk.
For this crash, Fallows was found guilty of impaired driving and criminal negligence for the death of his 18-year-old passenger. Prosecutors are recommending a sentenced of eight to ten years in prison.
Why was this driver even behind the wheel without a driver’s license, insurance, or an ignition interlock to prevent him from driving drunk again? It’s great that Ontario has strong ignition interlock laws, but more needs to be done. The laws need to be enforced to ensure offenders like these use the devices to prevent them from driving drunk.