Separate Etobicoke crashes kill 5-year-old girl and 22-year-old woman

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A makeshift memorial grew up on a central Etobicoke street where a tragic weekend accident killed a five-year-old girl.


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The roads in Etobicoke turned deadly Saturday night as Toronto police responded to two fatal crashes within an hour of each other, including the one that claimed the boy’s life shortly after 9 p.m. on Renforth Dr., north from Rathburn Rd.

About an hour earlier, a 22-year-old woman died after she allegedly lost control of her Acura TL sedan and struck a utility pole on The Queensway, east of Parklawn Rd., According to police. The woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died shortly afterward, while her 20-year-old male passenger survived with serious injuries.

Among the local residents who came to the scene of the accident that killed the five-year-old girl was Amanda Lapier.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what the family is going through,” Lapier said, holding her youngest son, Alexandros, 3, in her arms.


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Also accompanied by her other son, Lucas, 8, Lapier left behind a bouquet of flowers and a large red glass candle.

“I have two children and this is a tragic situation,” he added. “It really hits close to home, especially when you have young children.”

He said he heard fire trucks heading to the crash site, where a white four-door Nissan crashed into a large tree on Renforth Dr., across from Centennial Park.

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Police said a 31-year-old woman behind the wheel somehow lost control of the car and ran through Renforth.

The scattered debris from the accident could be seen in the gloomy daylight, including a small neon sock, a pair of medical scissors, and discarded bandages.

A young couple, who did not want their names used, said they knew the girl and her mother, the driver of the car.


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The young man laid flowers while the woman left three stuffed animals in Ziploc bags, two unicorns and a dog, to protect them from the rain.

The man said that the girl loved animals and dogs.

Garry Silliker, a retired Toronto police officer, said the area is notorious for crashes and that speed surveillance cameras were installed last year.

“The police are doing everything they can. They put up the warnings and statistics; They have RIDE for Christmas, ”Swilliker said.

A speed display camera on Renforth’s side showed that the vehicles were generally traveling at the 40 km / h limit. However, a car accelerated to 70 km / h.

These were the 51st and 52nd highway fatalities of the year in Toronto.



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