19-year-old charged after fatal crash in Barrhaven construction site

Ottawa Police have charged 19-year-old John Wells of Ottawa in connection to a fatal crash at a Barrhaven construction site Monday night. 

Police say they were called to the site at the end of Freshwater Way at around 8:40 p.m. A 17 year old was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a piece of heavy machinery. Police say alcohol was a factor.

Wells faces several charges, including:

  • Dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death
  • Impaired driving causing death
  • Driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in the blood
  • Taking motor vehicle without consent
  • Criminal negligence causing death

Wells appeared in show cause court Tuesday afternoon.

The deceased teen was a former South Carleton student. In a statement, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board says, "The OCDSB was saddened to learn about the death of a young man in our community. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the family and those directly affected by this tragic incident.  Any students affected by this incident will be supported through the resources of our tragic events response teams." 

Police continue to investigate and interview witnesses.