The Tim Horton crash

On February 21, 1974,  Tim Horton died after getting in a car crash at the age of 44. He was the namesake of the popular fast food chain and a participant in the National Hockey League.

The crash occurred near St. Catharines, Ontario. Horton was on his way home to Buffalo from a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The autopsy showed his blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit. The alcohol was accompanied by a drug since made illegal, Dexamyl.

Horton started his hockey career in the 1949-50 season with the Maple Leafs. The defenseman stayed with Toronto until he was traded to the New York Rangers in the 1969-70 season. He also played with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabers before his untimely death. He participated in 17 post seasons and earned four chances to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup with the Maple Leafs. He played in seven All-Star games and  was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 1977.

The doughnut shop was founded by Horton alongside business partner Ron Joyce. Following the deadly crash, Joyce started the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation to give Canadian and some American children a chance to go to summer camp. The ever popular restaurants also help make the world a better place by making sure animal welfare is taken into consideration when it comes to the products they use from their suppliers.

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