On March 19, 2016, members from the East Algoma Provincial Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were investigating a fatal Motor Vehicle Collision (MVC) west of Blind River that had occurred earlier that morning. Traffic had slowed near the crash ene on Highway 17.
At 10:06 a.m., police observed a driver of a tractor trailer travelling eastbound on Highway 17, with the driver using his cell phone to take photos of the MVC scene while operating his vehicle.
As a result of the investigation, Evhen ZAPLATSINSKKY, 53 years of age, from Mississauga, Ontario was issued a provincial offence notice and charged with:
- Drive –Hand-Held Communication Device, contrary to section 78.1(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.