‘Sharp-eyed’ residents help OPP catch driver accused in QEW-Cawthra crash

(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post/file)
(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post/file)

BY KELLY ROCHE

A Brampton woman is facing more than a dozen charges – ranging from drug possession to identity theft to fleeing the scene – after allegedly stealing a Honda then causing a five-vehicle crash in south Mississauga.
“It was some sharp-eyed residents who noticed her and tipped off police,” said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Ian Michel.
He says a vehicle was heading eastbound on the QEW, east of Cawthra Rd., at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday.
The suspect, driving the Honda, struck another car causing a chain reaction collision, sending a driver to hospital with a broken neck bone.
Police allege the woman fled the scene on foot, heading to a residential area southwest of Cawthra.
No information was released to the public via social media.
“This was just residents in the area who realized something didn’t make sense and contacted police,” said Michel, adding it’s a “‘neighbourhood watch’ mentality” which led to the arrest.
With help from the Peel Police canine unit, the woman was arrested within an hour.
Two Honda passengers in their mid-twenties also ran off.
Police caught one – who isn’t being charged – and are still looking for the other.
Jessica Healy, 27, is charged with: fail to stop at the scene of accident involving bodily harm; careless driving; two counts of possession of a controlled substance; two counts of theft under $5,000; seven counts of identity theft; possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000; failing to comply with conditions of undertaking.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to phone the Port Credit detachment at (905) 278-6131.
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