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Monday, February 6, 2023
Letter: $500 fine in fatal accident is unbelievable
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

The article in The Lake Report on Dec. 8 (“NOTL farmer fined $500 in crash that killed pedestrian,”) regarding a vehicle accident on Lakeshore Road in which an innocent pedestrian was killed has me shaking my head in disbelief.

A $500 fine? Is that all this young man’s life was worth?

This is such a shame. The accident happened not far from my house on Lakeshore Road.

I drive by the site daily and am reminded every time I see the little memorial at the side of the road put there by Matthew Wilson’s family.

The story in the paper frankly is unbelievable to me – a $500 fine and probation. Shameful.

There is a metre-wide bike and pedestrian path on that section of Lakeshore and one can only assume the pedestrian wasn’t walking in the middle of the road.

The driver admitted he had one glass of wine hours before, thought he hit a deer but admitted it could have been a person.

He didn’t report the accident until the next morning and estimated the damage at $1,500 when it turned out to be more than $10,000.

Something just doesn’t add up and a $500 fine for a life lost is just a slap on the wrist.

Peter Newman

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