Ottawa police have charged a 33-year-old man with impaired driving offences after a fatal crash on Highway 174 Saturday evening that claimed the life of a 71-year-old man and seriously injured a 33-year-old woman. 

Ottawa Fire Services and paramedics were called to the eastbound lane of Highway 174 east of Trim Road at 10:21 p.m.

Police said the head-on crash involved three vehicles. An eastbound Dodge pickup truck veered into the oncoming lane and struck a Volvo head-on before a third vehicle, a Mazda 5, crashed into the truck, police said.

The 71-year-old driver of the Volvo had to be extricated by firefighters. He suffered a critical head injury, according to paramedics. Police said he died upon arrival at the hospital. 

A 33-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Dodge truck was sent to hospital in serious condition with a chest injury. 

A 30-year-old man driving the Mazda suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The driver of the pickup truck was scheduled to appear in court Sunday to face multiple criminal charges, including:

  • One count of dangerous driving causing death.
  • One count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
  • One count of impaired driving causing death.
  • One count of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

The eastbound lane of the highway was closed after the crash and re-opened around 7 a.m. Sunday. 

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 2481.