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Car accidents: 13-year-old boy dead in Mississauga

A tragic two-car crash in Mississauga has claimed three lives, including two boys. Ontario police typically investigate car accidents of this type, which is the process that is currently underway in this instance. As the driver believed responsible for the crash was also killed, no criminal charges have been filed. 

According to the accident report, a 40-year-old man was headed southbound on Winston Churchill Boulevard around 11 p.m. the night of July 25 when the accident occurred. For reasons that have not yet been made clear, the man lost control of his vehicle, which entered the northbound lane and struck a vehicle headed in that direction. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel. 

Two boys in the struck vehicle, aged 13 and 5, were rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, where they both later died. A 25-year-old female passenger in the vehicle was also seriously injured and remains in critical condition. A 7-year-old girl suffered a broken leg, and the 24-year-old male driver of the northbound vehicle escaped with only minor injuries. 

It would appear from the specifics of the accident that the southbound driver who lost control may be considered materially responsible for the crash. However, in car accidents that prove fatal to the responsible driver, Ontario authorities cannot press criminal charges posthumously. Thankfully recourse exists for the families of the deceased children and for the injured parties. Filing civil suits against the man's estate for wrongful death and personal injury could result in compensation for damages being awarded by the court. 

Source: CBC Toronto, "Boy, 13, killed in Mississauga crash that claimed 3 lives remembered as 'outgoing, bubbly'", June 26, 2017

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