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Two allegedly flee scene of crash, driver faces impaired charge

Four people were in the vehicle and police say the driver and one passenger left the scene and were located with the help of the K-9 unit and the help of some local citizens
2020-08-15 Crashed and burnt car OPP
Crash scene photo courtesy Ontario Provincial Police
Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded at 12:06 p.m. Aug. 14, 2020 to a report of a single vehicle crashing into a rock cut on Muskoka Road 34 (Whites Falls Road) near John Buchler Road in Georgian Bay Township. Upon arrival, investigators learned that the driver and a passenger of the vehicle fled the scene leaving two passengers behind with the crashed and burning vehicle who were then triaged at the scene by County of Simcoe Paramedics and Georgian Bay Fire Service extinguished the car fire. The driver and passenger were located nearby with the assistance of OPP Central Region K-9 and community minded citizens.

Officers arrested the driver at the scene who was then transported to detachment for further investigation. The three passengers of the vehicle were transported by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to Georgian Bay General Hospital for treatment of their injuries and released.

Charged in connection to this investigation is Michelle Elizabeth Racioppa, 25 years, of Orillia with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

  • Operation causing bodily harm (three counts)
  • Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Fail to stop at accident resulting in bodily harm

The accused driver's licence has been suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days as per the conditions of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS). Accused was released from police custody on an undertaking to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on Oct. 15, 2020.

OPP officers always appreciate the assistance of the public in the interest of public safety who help remove impaired drivers who present a clear danger to others on the roadway. OPP officers remind drivers that they will be taking all precautions available during this time to protect themselves and others while conducting investigations either at the roadside or at detachment.