Drunk driving charges in fatal Ottawa Valley crash
Ontario Provincial Police have charged a woman with drunk driving in a crash that killed a 50-year-old man Thursday night.
It happened around 8 p.m. when a westbound Ford Expedition entered the eastbound lane and struck a Dodge Dakota, just west of White Lake Road on Highway 17 near Arnprior.
The driver of the Dodge was taken to Arnprior hospital then transferred to the Ottawa Hospital where he died of his injuries.
The 46-year-old female driver of the Ford was treated for a minor leg injury.
In an unusual move, there is a publication ban placed on the driver's name, which could mean she is a well-known member of the community. The name of the victim has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
The Highway was closed for 10 hours while police officers carried out their investigation.
Arnprior Mayor David Reid says crashes like this would be avoided when this stretch of road is twinned.
"It probably would not have happened if it was a year later with the four lanes there," he said. "Hopefully it will send another message that they will continue the four lanes up through to Renfrew and Pembroke.
This is the fourth fatal collision in the last 15 months on the part of the Highway between Arnprior and Cobden.