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Truck driver charged in flying tire death

Toronto Sun crime reporter Chris Doucette. (Sun files)

By Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun

Paul Koenderman, former CEO of Aecon Industrial Group, was killed when his SUV was hit by wheels that flew off a truck on Hwy. 400 north of Toronto on Jan. 27, 2016. (Handout/Postmedia Network)

Paul Koenderman, former CEO of Aecon Industrial Group, was killed when his SUV was hit by wheels that flew off a truck on Hwy. 400 north of Toronto on Jan. 27, 2016. (Handout/Postmedia Network)

TORONTO - 

A trucker now faces criminal charges after the tires flew off his rig and killed a former construction company executive near King City almost four months ago.

Paul Koenderman’s family has said the former Aecon CEO was heading to his cottage in Muskoka on Jan. 27 when the oncoming set of tandem tires suddenly slammed into his GMC Yukon.

The impact smashed the hood of his SUV, shattered the windshield and caused the 69-year-old to crash into a ditch.

The Burlington man was airlifted to hospital, where he later died.

“A transport truck travelling southbound on Hwy. 400 (near King Rd.) lost a set of dual wheels,” Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said Thursday, recounting the fatal event. “One of these wheels entered the northbound lanes, where it struck a vehicle.”

Bruno Bergeron is charged with criminal negligence causing death.

The 30-year-old from Rouyn-Noranda, Que, is expected to appear in Newmarket court on June 14.

Transport Leo Labelle Inc., a trucking company located in Bearn, Que., faces a Highway Traffic Act offence that will be heard in Newmarket court on July 22.

Koenderman, a father and grandfather, left behind his wife of 47 years. He also once served as board of governors chairman at the University of Waterloo.