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Monday, January 30, 2023
Driver in fatal crash impaired by drugs, police allege

Police allege that a Niagara-on-the-Lake man was impaired by drugs when his car was involved in a head-on collision that killed 60-year-old NOTL resident Liz Hawley.

Aubrey Blake Clements, 32, is charged with dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death and possession of a drug suspected to be fentanyl.

After a hearing last Thursday via video, Clements was released on $50,000 bail and $100,000 in sureties posted by Linda Clements and Aubrey Clements Sr. 

Clements is required to live with his sureties at their home in Niagara-on-the-Lake unless he is in a residential treatment program. He is prohibited from driving or possessing weapons.

He was ordered to appear in court in St. Catharines again on Oct. 29.

Clements was driving his Chevrolet Caprice northbound on Niagara Stone Road on July 29 when he collided head-on near Eastchester Avenue with a Porsche driven by Hawley.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and Clements was flown by helicopter to an out-of-region hospital in serious condition, Niagara Regional Police said in a media release the day after the crash.

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