A 22-year-old suspected drunk driver nearly froze to death when she wandered away from her car after crashing off a dead end street in Pickering on a frigid Wednesday morning.
Durham Regional Police say another motorist was driving along Hwy. 401, west of Westney Rd., around 2:45 a.m. and spotted the woman’s vehicle abandoned in a ditch near the CNR railway tracks.
“The 2012 Hyundai had been northbound on Squires Beach Rd. when it crashed through a metal gate at the dead end, crossed three railway tracks and struck a pole,” Sgt. Bill Calder said.
He said officers arrived to find the vehicle’s airbags deployed and the driver was nowhere in sight.
It was about -15C at the time.
Train traffic along the tracks was stopped while officers scoured the area for the car’s occupants.
Calder said the K-9 Unit was called in and the dog managed to find the woman “huddled under a bush” about 500 metres from her car.
She was suffering from exposure to the cold, he said, adding officers were able to determine she was the lone occupant of the Hyundai.
“The female was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for injuries and hypothermia,” Calder said. “The investigation is ongoing and police believe alcohol was a factor in the collision.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident should call investigators at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 2521, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Source: Toronto Sun