Man charged with impaired driving in fatal Ottawa crash

A 24-year-old man is facing multiple charges connected to a fatal crash in east Ottawa on Sunday, including impaired driving causing death.

Charges after fatal crash

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A 24-year-old man faces multiple charges after a fatal crash Sunday, including impaired driving causing death.

A 24-year-old man is facing multiple charges after a fatal east Ottawa crash on Sunday morning.

One woman was killed and a man suffered life-threatening injuries in a serious crash in Cumberland Estates. (Neil Herland/CBC)

Wassim Outifrakh is charged with impaired driving causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.

The charges stem from a crash at the intersection of Innes and Dunning roads around 7:45 a.m. Sunday. A 54-year-old woman died in the crash.

Police said the suspect was driving his car on Beaton Road when he allegedly ran a stop sign and hit the other vehicle, sending both vehicles into a nearby farmer's field.

Outifrakh appeared in court on Monday. He will remain in custody until his next appearance on Thursday.

Neighbour has seen 5 high-speed crashes in last year

Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, which closed area roads for more than five hours.

"That place is deadly," said Louise Periard, who lives near the intersection and said she's seen about five high-speed collisions in the last year. 

"You never know if there's a person dead in (the wreckage) or not, today it took so long that we knew somebody had died."

Outifrakh was taken to hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries to his abdominal area, paramedics said on Sunday.

He was later released from hospital into police custody that afternoon. Paramedics had believed there was internal bleeding, but later discovered the injuries were not as serious as first thought.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Ottawa police at 613-0236-1222 extension 2481 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.