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Car accidents: 1 dead in Ontario crash

A three-vehicle pileup in Vaughan has resulted in one death and two serious injuries. York Regional Police, who respond to car accidents across the region in Ontario, reported the crash occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. the morning of Feb. 21. So far, they have not released the identities of any of the individuals involved, pending their ongoing investigation. 

According to the accident report, the accident occurred around Rivermede Road and Keele Street in the early morning. Details of the crash are unavailable at this time, but it has been confirmed that three different vehicles were involved. When police arrived, one person was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people were rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening. 

A fourth person was not injured in the crash. Police do not yet know what caused the accident to occur, and they have reached out to the community for support should any witnesses to the accident exist. York's Major Collision Investigation Unit is still investigating, and as of this report, Keele Street remains closed.

Car accidents involving fatalities are strictly investigated by Ontario authorities, and this will be no different. Police may end up charging one or more drivers with a crime, if it becomes clear they played a material role in causing the crash. The family of the deceased individual and the injured parties are all entitled to file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits against those who appear to have the most culpability in the crash. However, evidence of their material contribution is required in civil court as much as it is in criminal. 

Source: Toronto Sun, "One killed in three-vehicle crash", Jenny Yuen, Feb. 21, 2017

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