Man charged with careless driving after head-on collision in Port Hope sends another driver to hospital

52-year-old man, who was prohibited from driving, drifted into northbound lane on Ontario Street on Friday afternoon

The scene of a head-on collision on Ontario Street in Port Hope on July 17, 2020. The driver of the silver Pontiac van has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited and careless driving. (Photo: Port Hope Police Service)
The scene of a head-on collision on Ontario Street in Port Hope on July 17, 2020. The driver of the silver Pontiac van has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited and careless driving. (Photo: Port Hope Police Service)

A 52-year-old man has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited and careless driving after a collision in Port Hope on Friday (July 17).

According to the Port Hope Police Service, emergency services responded to a head-on collision on Ontario Street south of Hope Street shortly after noon on Friday.

When they arrived on scene, they found two vehicles with extensive damage to their front ends, with one vehicle resting on the east sidewalk of Ontario Street.

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Investigation revealed a black Kia car was northbound on Ontario Street when a southbound silver Pontiac van drifted into the northbound lane, colliding head-on with the Kia.

The driver of the Kia sustained injuries to his face and was transported to Northumberland Hills Hospital for treatment. The driver of the Pontiac van did not require medical attention.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The portion of Ontario Street between Ellen Street and Hope Street was closed for around one hour while the scene was investigated.

Further investigation revealed the driver of the van was prohibited from driving.

Michael Illingworth, 52, is charged with operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited and careless driving. He appears in court later in September.

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