Driver, 16, faces upgraded charges
A 10-year-old girl has died in a crash on a residential driveway in Vaughan that earlier claimed the life of a four-year-old boy.
The two are siblings.
A 16-year-old boy from Richmond Hill who was behind the wheel of a Mercedes in the noon-hour collision on Sunday faces multiple charges, York Regional Police say. Those charges, which have since been upgraded, include two counts of dangerous operation causing death and two counts of criminal negligence causing death.
A neighbour who had come over to help with a bike chain when the car lost control and left the roadway, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Neighbours who witnessed the aftermath of a horrific Vaughan crash thought it was a shooting.
“We heard screeching, screeching, bang, bang, bang,” Elizabeth Lincoln told The Toronto Sun on Monday, adding she and her husband, Brent Kowalchuk, were in their house having lunch when the carnage on Athabasca Dr., south of Dufferin St. and Kirby Rd., unfolded.
A Mercedes 2017 C class veered off the road and into a driveway, hitting the four-year-old, his 10-year-old sister and the neighbour — an adult male — who had come over to fix the bike chain.
Lincoln said she and her husband rushed outside and were met with a disturbing, heart-breaking scene.
“The mom was over there (by a telephone pole). She was holding (the boy), the 4 1/2-year-old. She was holding him like you’d hold a baby. He was still conscious, but his face was very, very bloodied,” Lincoln said. “The father had picked up the other daughter. There was another car there. He went on the other side of the car with the other daughter — that’s the 10- or 11-year-old … she was unconscious. She was just laying in his arms. There was a lot of blood.”
Lincoln said there were “car parts flying everywhere” and the scene was devastating for all involved. She also said the incident felt like a ticking timebomb of sorts. She said neighbours have long fought to have speedbumps and stop signs installed in the neighbourhood, to no avail, in an effort to slow speeding drivers.
“It is not unusual for them to be 80 km/h in a 40 (km/h) zone. Not unusual at all. Sometimes, overnight, there’s been drag racing,” Lincoln said. “This street. It’s been progressively getting worse.
“Maybe after now someone has been killed, maybe someone will re-think that decision,” added Lincoln, who has lived in the neighbourhood for 19 years.
Const. Laura Nicolle said Sunday the two kids had been outside “enjoying the weather, riding their bikes” before the crash.
“It is a devastating situation,” she told reporters at the scene on Athabasca Dr. “I can’t imagine how that family is feeling right now. All of us are pretty heartbroken for them.”
Police said Monday that the boy died in hospital while his sister was in critical condition. Police provided an update Tuesday night, saying the girl had succumbed to her injuries.
The teenaged boy is also charged with two counts of dangerous operation causing bodily harm, and two counts of criminal negligence causing harm.
– with files from The Canadian Press