(MERLIN, ON) – On June 10, emergency crews responded to a single vehicle collision on Talbot Trail and Willan Road, in Merlin. The driver and two passengers, one seated in the front and the other in back, were travelling east on Talbot Trail when the 2007 Chevy Cobalt went off the roadway and struck a Bell telephone box and then a tree.
Chatham-Kent Fire personnel had to cut the doors off of the vehicle in order for all the occupants to get out.
Due to the severity of the injuries suffered in the collision, the CKPS Traffic Management Unit took over the investigation.
The woman driving the Cobalt was transported by ambulance to the Chatham Airport and then airlifted by Ornge helicopter to the Victoria Campus of the London Health Sciences Centre with serious injuries.
Police learned that the man sitting in front had not been wearing his seat belt and he was transported by ambulance to Chatham-Kent Health Alliance with non-life threatening injuries. Additionally, the child sitting in back was also transported to the Health Alliance.
Both, however, were discharged from the hospital that same day.
On June 13, the woman was discharged from hospital in London and returned home to recuperate.
The police investigation has revealed that the woman was not wearing her seatbelt, that the tires on the vehicle were unsafe, and that she was travelling 30kph in excess of the posted speed limit. The next day, officers charged the Ridgetown woman, 24, with careless driving, improper tires, and failing to wear her seatbelt.