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Car accidents: 2 teens injured

A serious car crash in Centennial Park has left two teenagers badly hurt, according to local sources. As with many car accidents, this crash occurred on a holiday -- the night of July 1. Ontario police say they are still investigating the cause of the crash, and have not yet made any arrests or formally filed charges. 

The accident report is incomplete as of this writing, but it has been confirmed that the accident occurred in Etobicoke near The West Mall. Police were notified of an accident involving pedestrians around 10:30 p.m. and responded accordingly. They said they found two seriously injured teenagers, whose identities and genders have not been released to the public. They were rushed to a local hospital. 

The report does not mention whether the driver involved in the accident was also injured, nor does it disclose the identity of the driver. They closed down the area for several hours to conduct their investigation. It seems likely that more information will be made public soon. 

In car accidents involving pedestrians, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether the driver or a pedestrian was the catalyst for the accident, though the driver is typically found to have been negligent. Ontario law clearly states that drivers must be observant while on the road, and often are considered materially responsible in cases like this one. Even if no criminal charges are filed, however, it is possible for the families of the injured teens to pursue personal injury suits against the driver based upon evidence of negligence. 

Source: CTV Toronto, "Two teens seriously hurt after being struck by car in Centennial Park", Chris Herhalt, July 1, 2017

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