What is considered a sudden death?
A sudden death is the unexpected death of someone. Instances of sudden death include:
Motor Vehicle Collision
A motor vehicle collision occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree, pole or building. Traffic collisions often result in property damage, injury and death . It is in the latest that Victim Services could help.
This would include:
- Hearth Attack
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Undiagnosed Advanced Terminal Illness
- Brain Haemorrhage
- Sudden Death from a serious illness that was known about, but where death wasn't expected,
According to the Criminal Code of Canada, a person commits homicide when, directly or indirectly, by any means, he causes the death of a human being. There are two kinds of homicide: culpable or not culpable. An homicide that is not culpable is not an offence. Culpable homicide is murder or manslaughter or infanticide.
In determining whether someone committed culpable homicide, the law look at if the death was caused:
- by means of an unlawful act;
- by criminal negligence;
- by causing that human being, by threats or fear of violence or by deception, to do anything that causes his death; or
- by wilfully frightening that human being, in the case of a child or sick person.
Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Suicide occurs across all ages, incomes, ethnicities and social factors. Regardless whether the suicide is threatened, attempted or completed, Victim Services is there to help.