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Car accidents: child injured, woman killed in Brampton

A serious car crash in Brampton has left an elderly woman dead and several other people injured, including a young child, according to authorities. Ontario police responded to the accident that took place the morning of Dec. 5. As with many car accidents, criminal and/or civil charges may yet be forthcoming. 

The accident report is still being put together by authorities, but it has been confirmed that the crash involved a tractor-trailer and at least one passenger vehicle carrying six individuals. All injured parties were being transported in that vehicle when they were involved in a crash at the intersection of Highway 50 and Cottrelle Boulevard. Police are currently unsure whether weather conditions or speed played a role in the crash. 

A 77-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other women and a 6-year-old girl were all rushed to local hospitals with injuries described as serious. Police have yet to file charges against any of the drivers involved, but their investigation is still underway as of this report. They are asking for the support of anyone who may have witnessed the crash in their ongoing investigation. 

As with many car accidents, more than one driver may have been at fault for the fatal crash. If this is the case, Ontario police may or may not pursue criminal charges, but even if they choose not to do so, the injured parties and the family of the deceased may still have legal recourse. Wrongful death and personal injury suits can be filed through civil court, provided police evidence can prove material contribution to the accident. 

Source: CTV News Toronto, "Police identify young girl, two women in serious condition after Brampton crash", Courtney Greenberg, Dec. 6, 2016

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