Severn Resident Charged After Fail To Remain Collision on Hwy. 400


A Severn Township resident is facing several charges after fleeing the scene of a single motor vehicle collision on Highway 400.

On March 1, 2023 at around 11:30 p.m., Southern Georgian Bay OPP attended the Highway 400 the southbound on-ramp of Highway 12 in Tay Township and located a pickup truck which had left the roadway and flipped over the guardrail. No one was located inside the vehicle, however, a single set of fresh footprints were spotted at the scene. With concerns for the well-being of the driver, a search was commenced involving patrol members, as well as OPP Central Region Canine Unit and Emergency Response Team.

At about 12:30 p.m., an officer patrolling on Sandhill Road in the Township of Tay was approached by a vehicle with several people inside. The officer spoke with the occupants and observed a passenger with recent injuries. The officer investigated further and obtained grounds to believe that the passenger was the driver of the fail-to-remain collision. The individual was placed under arrest and a roadside screening demand for alcohol was made, however, the breath sample was not provided. The passenger was placed under arrest and transported to detachment.

As a result of this investigation, Christian Koval, 37 years of Severn Township faces the following charges contrary to the Criminal Code and Highway Traffic Act:

  • Failure or Refuse to Comply with Demand
  • Obstruct Peace Officer
  • Resist Peace Officer
  • Fail to Remain
  • Fail to Surrender License

The accused was released from custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on March 16, 2023. When charged with impaired driving, the drivers license of the accused is suspended for 90 days and the vehicle they were operating is impounded for 7 days.


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