Ontario man who suffered seizure found guilty of dangerous driving causing death

first_img ‹ Previous Next › Welten, who was wearing a dark track suit with reflective piping, and would have been visible against the fresh white snowbanks, was dragged 139 metres and was pronounced dead at the scene.Noureddin was 68 at the time of the fatal crash, and his trial heard evidence he suffered a dyscognitive epileptic seizure — which does not involve convulsions but affects awareness and consciousness — while behind the wheel. He had not received medical clearance to drive, his trial heard.“Based on my findings, Mr. Noureddin would have appreciated the risk associated with suddenly losing the physical ability to operate a motor vehicle as a result of his epilepsy,” Legault said in his ruling.“It is self-evident that the risk caused by a dyscognitive epileptic seizure and loss of awareness while operating a motor vehicle can be significant, if not catastrophic, as it was in this case.”Noureddin had been told by his neurologist during a routine appointment on October 31, 2018 not to drive for three months, and only to resume driving with clearance from one of his physicians.Noureddin knew the reason for his doctor’s instruction, Legault said, was the risk of suffering an epileptic seizure while driving.“His decision to drive contrary to his doctor’s instruction, coupled with his understanding of the risk and potential result of suffering an epileptic seizure while driving, constituted a marked departure from the conduct of a reasonable person in the circumstances,” the judge ruled.Court heard evidence of Noureddin’s calls to his doctor in the weeks prior to the crash and his appointment for blood work following a change in medication in June 2018, which Legault said “indicates he monitored his epilepsy as directed and followed his doctor’s directions.”His licence had not been suspended, which, as Legault noted, was an option available to the doctor.Legault said he was not satisfied that assistant Crown attorney Hart Shouldice had met the “high threshold” to reach a guilty finding for criminal negligence. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Ottawa Courthouse  Jean Levac / Postmedia News RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesOntarioOttawadangerous drivingFlexOntarioOttawa Trending in Canada A date for sentencing will be set at a later hearing. Fakhreddin Noureddin was found guilty Monday of dangerous driving causing the death of a man who was out for a jog on Valentine’s Day 2019, just over three months after Noureddin, who suffers from epilepsy, had been warned by his neurologist to seek medical clearance before driving.Noureddin, who was represented at trial by defence lawyer Joseph Addelman, was found not guilty by Ontario Court Justice Jean Legault of the more serious charge of criminal negligence causing death. He was also found not guilty Monday of leaving the scene of the fatal crash on Goulbourn Forced Road in Kanata, on the outskirts of Ottawa, that late afternoon.Court heard eyewitness testimony from other motorists who saw Noureddin’s silver Toyota Camry swerve abruptly into the oncoming lane, striking and killing 59-year-old Hendrikas “Harry” Welten, who was out for a run in the waning daylight hours of February 14, 2019, when the car struck him from behind as he jogged along the road’s opposite shoulder. Road conditions were clear and there was no precipitation. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img