Police release names of two drivers killed in Saturday afternoon collision south of Manilla

Northbound vehicle on Simcoe Street passed unsafely and collided head-on with southbound vehicle

OPP logo on car door

The Kawartha OPP has released the names of the two drivers who died following a two-vehicle collision south of Manilla in Kawartha Lakes on Saturday afternoon (October 9).

Police say that at around 12:25 p.m. on Saturday, a passenger vehicle heading northbound on Simcoe Street at Brock Concession Road 6 passed unsafely and collided head-on with a southbound passenger vehicle.

Both drivers, the lone occupants of their vehicles, were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police have identified the drivers as 32-year-old Joseph Duchesne of Oakville and 57-year-old Mark Wallace of Durham Region.

Simcoe Street was shut down for several hours on Saturday while officers were on scene investigating the collision.

“Aggressive driving is dangerous and a leading causal factor in fatal motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads,” the OPP states in a media release. “Racing, stunt driving, speeding, following too closely, unsafe lane changes, and road rage are all forms of aggressive driving that place drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians at risk.”

“Motorists are reminded to slow down on roadways. Speeding is not worth the loss of a life. Dangerous drivers can be reported to OPP by calling 1-888-310-1122 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.”