Ottawa driver charged after fatal crash in May

Ottawa police have charged a man with criminal negligence causing death in relation to the fatal collision on Woodroffe Avenue in May.

UPDATE: Suranjan Arasaratnam was acquitted of all criminal charges on Dec. 22, 2017, and found guilty of the lesser Highway Traffic Act charge of careless driving.

A sentencing date has not yet been set, but is expected to happen in spring 2018.


Ottawa police have charged a man with criminal negligence causing death in relation to the fatal collision on Woodroffe Avenue in May.

The incident happened on May 26 just after 6:30 p.m. when a 28-year-old man driving a black BMW heading west along Highway 417 exited at Woodroffe Avenue and then lost control of his vehicle.

Police said the vehicle hit the curb, crossed over the southbound lanes, jumped the median and then struck a beige Hyundai travelling north along Woodroffe.

The driver of the Hyundai, 70-year-old Kouchi Matsumoto, was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman in the passenger seat was also injured.

Police have charged Suranjan Arasaratnam, 28, with criminal negligence causing death, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

He was released on a promise to appear in court. His next court appearance is Dec. 16.

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