Man killed in drunk driving crash reported an impaired driver hours before

By News staff

Just hours before 50-year-old Richard Lindsay was killed in a crash believed to be caused by a suspected drunk driver, he helped police get another impaired driver off the road.

Durham Regional Police are calling Lindsay a hero for reporting the suspected impaired driver, which lead to an arrest and charges.

In a tragic twist, the Oshawa man became the victim of another alleged drunk driver several hours later.

The two-vehicle crash happened on Salem Road near the Highway 401 underpass around 3:15 a.m. on Monday.

Const. George Tudos said a Paragon Security vehicle was exiting the highway when it was struck by the second vehicle.

Lindsay was driving the security vehicle. He was rushed to hospital where he later died.

The woman driving the other vehicle has been identified as Melanie St. Louis, 42 of Kingston. She suffered minor injuries in the crash.

She has been charged with impaired driving causing death.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said since the launch of the holiday R.I.D.E. campaign on Thursday, provincial police have laid 21 impaired driving charges.

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