Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth shares condolences and boating safety tips following boating accident and tragic death of Zachary Armstrong.

A tragic boating accident has led to the death of an 18 year old young man from Hastings Highlands Township.  Zachary Armstrong drowned Saturday in an accident while driving his boat. Bancroft  OPP responded to the call on Mephisto Lake at 10 a.m. and discovered that Zachary  had fallen from the boat he was driving  by himself and had that nearby cottagers had been looking for him for some time but had been unable to find him.  Eventually divers located his body and he was pronounced dead.

A boat is considered to be a motor vehicle and like motor vehicles are in involved in serious accidents. Sadly, every summer we lose valuable lives in swimming and boating accidents.  Accidents can happen to anyone and are sometimes out of our control.  There are steps you can take to help reduce your chance of a boating accident such as…

Check the weather before you go out.

Equip your boat with all safety equipment

Make sure you have your  Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Know the rules and use common sense

Know the waters you are navigating in

Never boat alone, always have a spotter

Always tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be

Wear a life jacket and make sure all passengers are wearing their life jackets properly fitting

Never drink and drive a boat

Sign up for a certified boating course

Constantly check your safety equipment and make sure nothing is defective

Please make sure you take all the necessary steps to ensure you  have a safe boating experience. Tragedies such as Zachary’s serve as a reminder for us all that anything can happen in an instant. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time.


Winchester accident sends 2 to Ottawa Hospital Trauma Unit with critical head injury, leg injury and fractures.

Winchester Accident

An accident in Winchester Ontario has left 2 men in the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Unit following an early morning accident yesterday morning.  The Winchester accident occurred on County Road 31 when one vehicle is believed to have crossed a centre line and hit another vehicle. Police are investigating why the van may have crossed the line but still have not determined why. Ottawa paramedics were second to arrive at the Winchester accident after they were asked to help the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Paramedics.

Both drivers of both vehicles were trapped in their vehicles and were eventually freed by the Winchester rescue crews. One man was rushed to the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus with severe trauma including a critical head injury and critical leg injury. The other man was also transported to the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus with several traumatic injuries and multiple fractures and is in serious, but thankfully stable condition.

I wish both men in this accident a full recovery. They have both suffered very severe injuries and will have a long road ahead of them. County Road 31 will be close for Police investigation. If you witnessed this Winchester accident and have any information that may help Ottawa Police, please contact the Police immediately.


Boy struck while standing beside his snowmobile resulting in severe head injury.

Snowmobile accident results in head injury

Metcalfe Accident

Sadly, a 16 year old male remains in critical condition in Ottawa’s CHEO trauma centre after a terrible accident on 8th Line Road and Glenwood drive, close to Metcalfe, Ontario. The accident happened last night around 10 pm. The teen had been standing beside his snowmobile at the side of the road when he was hit by another vehicle and thrown several feet away.  He suffered a severe head injury, as well as serious injuries to his body and legs.  He remains in critical condition at CHEO. What a terrible thing to have happened to this young boy.  My thoughts are with his family at this very stressful time and I hope he is able to recover fully from this awful accident.

It has been reported that the driver who hit this young boy fled the accident scene. He has since been tracked down but Ottawa police are still investigating. If you have any information that could help, please contact the Ottawa police at 613-236-1222 ext 2481.

A snowmobile is considered to be a motor vehicle when it comes to insurance claims and compensation. What this means is that in most cases, people injured in a snowmobile accident are entitled to Ontario accident benefits, regardless of who is at fault.  Our personal injury Ottawa lawyers work closely with people who have been injured in a snowmobile accident and who need support, medical specialists and compensation. Snowmobile accidents  often result in catastrophic injuries, leaving individuals unable to return to a quality of life they once had.  This may mean not returning to work or living a life of pain and suffering as a result of a snowmobile accident.

If you would like more information on how our personal injury Ottawa lawyers can help you rebuild after your accident, contact us for a free consultation and we would be happy to come and meet you .