ABI Trucking owner Ian Fummerton charged in fatal crash

Provincial police are now reporting that the owner of ABI Trucking of Thunder Bay has been charged related to a Blind River fatal collision that killed off-duty OPP officer David Dennie in Februrary.

Provincial police say the owner of ABI Trucking of Thunder Bay has been charged in relation to a Blind River fatal collision that killed off-duty OPP officer David Dennie in Februrary.

Ian Fummerton's company was initially charged with failing to ensure a daily inspection was conducted properly. Now, police say Fummerton himself has been charged with criminal negligence causing death.

Previously charged was driver Gary Tyska, who faces counts of criminal negligence causing death, careless driving, failing to enter a defect in the daily inspection report and failing to report the defect to the operator.

The accident took place on Feb. 13, at 6:50 a.m., when 36-year-old Dennie's sport utility vehicle crashed with the transport truck driven by Tyska on Highway 17, east of Blind River.

Tyska was taken to hospital with minor injuries and later released.

Fummerton and Tyska are both scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on July 3 in Blind River. 

The investigation is now complete but follow up is ongoing, police said.

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