Settlement Reached In Crash That Claimed The Lives of Windsor Uncle And Niece


A settlement has been reached following a crash that claimed the lives of a Windsor uncle and his niece.

Windsor law firm Paciocco and Mellow states the Smulders and Lafontaine families have reached a settlement of their claims against Novak Trucking Inc and Leszek Urbaniak.

In May 2014, a tractor trailer driven by Urbaniak crossed the median on the 401 in Chatham-Kent and slammed into a car driven by 35-year-old Marc Lafontaine.

Lafontaine and his 13-year-old niece Alyssa Smulders-Lafontaine died in the crash.

In a news release, Paciocco and Mellow says the families are "very pleased with the settlement which has provided an element of closure."

Details of the settlement will remain confidential at the request of the family.

"The Smulders and Lafontaine family want to thank the community for the outpouring of support and encouragement extended throughout this difficult time," says the news release from Paciocco & Mellow.

Urbaniak received a fine of $2,500 and two years probation after pleading guilty to careless driving.