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Wrongful death case possible in death of 4 year old

A tragic crash the night of June 11 claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy in Innisfil, according to local sources. South Simcoe Police have reported the accident involved two cars and are still investigating the particulars of the crash. While no charges have yet been filed, the family of the deceased child may choose to file a wrongful death suit in an Ontario civil court.

The accident report provided by local police say two vehicles crashed on 20 Sideroad. It appears the vehicle heading southbound may have run a stop sign, causing the collision in an intersection, striking an eastbound car. Four people were seriously injured, including the boy, and all four were rushed to local hospitals for treatment.

The boy, who was a passenger in the vehicle that allegedly ran the stop sign, was pronounced dead at hospital a short time later. The other three injured parties are still in recovery as of this report. Police are not releasing the identities of those injured, including the child. They also said they were considering filing criminal charges, but no such charges had yet been filed. 

The death of a child is an unspeakable tragedy, one from which the family will have a long road towards recovery. However, in cases of this type, Ontario law will allow the family of the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver or drivers found to be responsible for this accident, even if no criminal charges are filed against either driver. The injured parties are entitled to file personal injury suits in civil court as well.

Source: citynews.ca, "Toronto boy, 4, killed in Innisfil crash", June 11, 2017

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