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Car accidents: Child dies in Ontario crash

Tragedy struck East Gwillimbury the afternoon of July 5 when a serious car crash claimed the life of a child and injured two more. York Regional Police, who respond to car accidents in this vicinity of southern Ontario, say they have not filed charges against anyone involved at this time. However, their investigation is still ongoing as of this report. 

According to the accident report, the crash took place at an intersection around 3:30 p.m. A minivan carrying seven occupants reportedly collided with a pickup truck that was hauling a trailer. The force of the impact caused significant damage to both vehicles. Police say they are unsure at this time which driver was materially responsible for the crash. 

A 4-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by arriving medical personnel. She had been a passenger in the minivan. Two other children, including a 1-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, also passengers in the minivan, were rushed to a local hospital. Their conditions were described as life-threatening. Several other people, including a passenger in the pickup truck, were hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening. 

Ontario police are still asking for the support of the community in determining the cause of the crash; they have reached out to potential witnesses, which is a common practice in many car accidents. If one or both drivers are found to have materially contributed to the accident, they could face criminal charges. Separately, the families of the deceased child and of the injured could also file personal injury and/or wrongful death lawsuits against one or both drivers in civil court. 

Source: Toronto Sun, "1 child killed, 2 hurt in in East Gwillimbury crash", July 6, 2017

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