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Alcohol deemed a factor in Pembroke crash causing inline skater life-altering injuries

Police say the skater had to be extricated from the vehicle after flying through its windshield.

A 28-year-old inline skater from Pembroke is in hospital with life-altering injuries after hit by a vehicle on Boundary Road in the town.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to the crash around 9:15 p.m., on Sunday, March 21.

Police say their preliminary investigation showed that a westbound vehicle struck a westbound inline skater, sending the skater through the windshield of the vehicle.

The Pembroke man had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters before being flown to an Ottawa hospital by air ambulance. 

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) attended the scene and are still assisting with the investigation along with OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS) members. 

Evan Foss, 41, of Laurentian Valley Township, has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration 80mg plus
  • Operation causing bodily harm

The accused had their driver's licence suspended for 90 days and their vehicle towed and impounded for seven days. The accused was also released to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on April 27.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-732-3332 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at  


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