Driver charged in deadly summer Highway 401 crash near Morrisburg

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

MORRISBURG – Provincial police have charged the driver of a vehicle that collided with a transport truck on Highway 401 this summer, killing their passenger from Cornwall.

Police announced Monday that 20-year-old Taisha Martell of Cornwall is facing charges of criminal negligence causing death and impaired driving causing death.

She is also charged with driving with open alcohol in the vehicle under the Liquor Licence Act and a Highway Traffic Act charge of being a novice driver without a blood-alcohol reading of zero.

Martell will make a court appearance by video in Cornwall on Monday, Dec. 28.

Richard Hesse-Andre, 22, of Cornwall died June 18, 2020 when a car he was a passenger in collided with a truck in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 between Dickinson Drive and Upper Canada Road, east of Morrisburg.