Charges Laid in Fatal Highway 502 Crash


(FORT FRANCES, ON) – On Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 2:30 p.m., members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Rainy River District Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Ornge air ambulances, Watten and Fort Frances Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 502, approximately 20 kilometers north of Highway 11.

The investigation revealed a northbound motor vehicle collided with a southbound motor vehicle. A passenger in the southbound motor vehicle was confirmed deceased at the scene. Both drivers were taken to hospital by EMS.


The OPP Technical Collision Investigators also assisted in the investigation. Highway 502 was closed for approximately 8 hrs and has since reopened.

The deceased has been identified as Jean STEELE, 87 years of age from Emo, Ontario.

The driver of the northbound motor vehicle, Brent HERSHBERGER, 22 years of age, of Lagrande Indiana, has been charged with…


-Careless Driving causing death, Section 130(3) Highway Traffic Act

-Careless Driving causing bodily harm, Section 130(3) Highway Traffic Act

Source: OPP


2 Replies to “Charges Laid in Fatal Highway 502 Crash”

  1. Good thing for the young American that this happened on this side of the border. Had it happened in the U.S., he’d actually see some prison time. Up here, with our gutless JPs and judges, he’ll get a warning and be sent on his way and maybe given a million or two for his inconvenience……

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