A St. Thomas woman has been charged with careless driving after she hit a light standard at the Highbury Avenue South-401W ramp Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 8).
The 28-year-old was transported to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital by London Middlesex EMS with non-life threatening injuries, according to superintendent of operations Steve Van Valkenburg.
The woman’s black compact sedan came to rest facing west in the ditch next to the off ramp from Highbury to the westbound 401, the front end damaged and hung up on the tall highway streetlamp.
The London Fire Department arrived on scene at about 1:47 p.m. and provided patient care until the paramedics arrived, according to spokesperson Rick Jefferson.
No extrication was required. The off ramp was closed while police investigated.
According to OPP Const. Kevin Howe, it comes down to speed and attentiveness.
“We’re just lucky there were no serious injuries,” Howe said.
Careless driving carries six demerit points and a $500 fine upon conviction as per Sec. 130 of the Highway Traffic Act.
The charge has not been proven in court.
Howe said a careless driving charge could result from unsafe/too fast lane changes, losing control while distracted by eating or operating a mobile device.
He said given the driver lost control on an off-ramp, speed was likely a factor.
“She was definitely going too quickly,” he said. “So it’s the same thing. We’re asking drivers to slow down and leave adequate time to make safe lane changes.”