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OPP Finally Lay Charges in Wheel Off Incident

Police say charges have been laid against a transport truck driver and a Quebec-based commercial vehicle company after a 69-year-old driver was killed by a flying wheel on Highway 400 in York Region in January.

On Jan. 27 at around 9:20 a.m., a transport truck heading southbound on Highway 400 near King Road lost a set of dual wheels.

One of the wheels bounced into the northbound lanes of the highway and struck a vehicle.

Police say the driver struck by the wheel was rushed to hospital where he later died from his injuries. He has been identified by police as 69-year-old Paul Philip Koenderman.

Police say as a result of their investigation, the driver of the transport truck, 30-year-old Bruno Bergeron, of Quebec, has been charged with criminal negligence causing death.

The owner of the transport truck, Transport Leo Labelle Inc., has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act with wheel separation- commercial motor vehicle.