PORT COLBORNE – Police say alcohol was a factor in accident that critically injured 19-year-old Port Colborne woman.
The incident happened Sunday around 4:22 a.m.
Niagara Regional Police say a 2004 Nissan 350z was being driven southbound on Miller Road towards Highway 3 in the City of Port Colborne. The vehicle was occupied by two Port Colborne residents, a 23 year-old male driver and his 19-year-old female passenger.
As the Nissan continued south, passing 2nd Concession Road, the driver lost control and entered the west ditch of Miller Road. The vehicle struck a driveway culvert, causing the Nissan to become airborne. The Nissan re-entered the roadway and came to rest on its roof.
Charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and refusing to provide a blood sample is Trevor Vitali, of Port Colborne.
Vitali was treated for minor injuries in hospital and released. He is expected to appear in court in July to answer to the charges.
The 19-year-old passenger, whose name was not released by police, received life-threatening injuries in the collision.
She was initially transported to the Welland County General Hospital, but was later flown to Hamilton General hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
This collision remains under investigation by detectives of the Niagara Regional Police collision reconstruction unit.
Witnesses are asked to contact investigators at 906-688-4111, ext. 5500.