SCUGOG: Police have laid charges against a 60-year-old Stouffville man in connection with the boat crash that occurred on Lake Scugog last Saturday, Aug. 22.
According to the Kawartha Lakes OPP detachment, Peter Puhl is facing a charge of Operating a Vessel in a Careless Manner contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.
OPP Cst. Jackie Hildenbrand told The Standard that Mr. Puhl has been served a Provincial Offences notice, which means that he can avoid court by paying the fine, similar to the process with a traffic ticket. She also added that the police have no reason to believe that alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.
Meanwhile, a woman involved in last weekend’s collision remains at a Toronto hospital in the neuro trauma unit after suffering numerous injuries as a result of last weekend’s collision.
Port Perry resident Shannen Gulanowski was one of three occupants - along with her daughter - in on of the boats involved in the collision on Lake Scugog, in an area between the shores of Caesarea and Washburn Island, at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. Ms. Gulanowski was transported from the scene to Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, and shortly afterwards, was airlifted to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, where she remains in the neuro trauma unit.
According to her mother, Ms. Gulanowski sustained several significant injuries including, brain trauma, a broken nose, several broken ribs, a broken leg in addition to having her eyelid sewn back on by doctors.
Her mother, Shonnette Brown explained that the injuries will have an incredible impact on her life. For almost 15 years, Ms. Gulanowski has operated Just Pets in Port Perry.
“The injuries may not be life threatening, but they are certainly life altering, they will have a significant impact on every aspect of her life,” Ms. Brown told The Standard.
With files from Dan Cearns