Burlington, Ont. man charged in Toronto accident with 5 cars leaving couple dead

A 38-year-old Burlington man charged with a fatal five-car accident near Toronto High Park last month was caught driving while under the influence three weeks before the collision, CTV News Toronto has learned.

Police said that around noon. 17 on October 12, a BMW sedan was heading south on Parkside Drive “at high speed” when it hit a vehicle that was largely stationary due to traffic.

The collided vehicle then hit a number of other vehicles in front of it.

Fatima and Valdemar Avila were sitting in the vehicle that was hit from behind.

Valdemar died on the spot and Fatima died after ambulance people brought her to the hospital.

The driver of the BMW and two other people involved in the collision were injured.

On Friday, Toronto police announced that Artur Kotula was arrested and charged with two counts of negligence that caused the death.

He appeared in court on Friday morning at the Old Town Hall.

CTV News Toronto learned on Friday that Kotula was accused of weakening over 80 and reducing the operation of the PPP in Mississauga on September 21 – exactly three weeks before the fatal crash in Toronto.

In addition, the court heard that Kotula does not currently have immigration status in Canada and that he is under an immigration right from the Canada Border Services Agency.

The Crown has requested a “postponement of investigation” until November 22, as well as an order for non-communication about the names of five people who are either witnesses or complainants.

Meanwhile, investigators say the probe of the collision is underway and that anyone with a dashcam or surveillance camera footage from the area should contact them.

With files from CTV News Toronto’s Janice Golding

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