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Mother on hook after son without permission to drive rental crashes minivan


A woman who rented a minivan is on the hook for thousands of dollars after her son, who had a suspended licence, got behind the wheel and crashed, an Ontario judge has ruled.

The Superior Court ruled that Tricia Richards must cover the costs of replacing the vehicle – said to be a write-off – even though she had bought optional insurance coverage at the time of rental.

In his decision, Justice Russell Raikes said it was clear that Enterprise Rent-A-Car had not given her son Christopher permission to drive, and the damage waiver she had purchased did not apply.

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