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UPDATE: Driver charged with impaired in NOTL crash that killed woman
Ashley Vaillancourt died in a one-car crash in NOTL on July 9. The driver is facing impaired charges. (Facebook)
Ashley Vaillancourt died in a one-car crash in NOTL on July 9. The driver is facing impaired charges. (Facebook)

A 38-year-old St. Catharines man has been released on bail after being charged with impaired driving in connection with a single-vehicle crash in Niagara-on-the-Lake that left one woman dead.

Brandon Joseph Rioux was freed after a bail hearing on Saturday, July  16.

Niagara Regional Police refused to release the name of the dead woman but court documents identified her as Ashley Vaillancourt, the mother of a 10-year-old girl.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help the family.

Rioux was charged Friday after the crash on York Road between Concession 1 and Concession 2 at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9.

Police charged Rioux with impaired driving causing death and having a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.

The vehicle was rolled over when officers arrived, police said, adding that Vaillancourt was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was extricated from the vehicle by the NOTL firefighters and taken to a Niagara hospital.

Police are appealing to the public for help and ask anyone who might have footage of the incident to call 905-688-4111, option 3, badge 1009569, or contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara at 1-800-222-8477.