Newmarket man charged in deadly head-on crash on Hwy. 48
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:26PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:10PM EST
Provincial police say a 20-year-old man has been arrested in hospital and is facing several charges in a fatal collision in East Gwillimbury.
The OPP say two cars collided head-on on Highway 48 near Davis Drive on Monday morning.
Police say one of the drivers, 28-year-old Stuart Ellis of Beeton, was killed in the crash when a northbound vehicle drifted into his lane and struck him head-on.
The victim’s wife wrote on her Facebook page that the news has “shattered” her world.
“The love of my life, best friend and the best daddy in the world was tragically taken from us. My heart is in a million pieces,” Justine Ellis wrote.
“I don’t know how to live this life without him by my side…we were supposed to grow old together.”
The driver of the other car was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Later in the day, police alleged alcohol may have played a role in the crash.
The driver was not formally charged until today.
Police say Tyler Neilsen, 20, of Newmaret is charged with impaired driving causing death, taking a vehicle without consent and driving while disqualified.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the suspect remains in hospital and depending on his condition, will appear in court on the charges on Thursday.
Highway 48 was shut down in the immediate vicinity for several hours but reopened around noon on Monday.
-With files from CTV Toronto and The Canadian Press