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Teen driver strikes and kills 2 children in private driveway

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Two children lost their lives while playing in a driveway in a York Municipality city just north of Ontario on a Sunday in May. A teenage driver is now facing criminal charges for causing the car accident. 

York Regional Police preliminary crash report

According to a crash report, police were called to a residential address at about midday. Upon arrival, police found two severely injured children and an adult with less critical injuries. The preliminary report indicates that a four-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were busy with their bicycles in a private driveway. A neighbour joined them when he noticed they had problems with the chain of one of the bicycles. 

During this time, a 16-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle. It left the road and smashed into the three people in the driveway. The two children suffered critical injuries, and they were rushed to the hospital. The neighbour was also transported to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Sadly, the four-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries the following day, and the 10-year-old girl lost her fight to survive by Monday evening. 

Driver faces criminal charges

Police arrested the teenage driver, who now faces multiple charges. Reportedly, the charges include two counts each of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and criminal negligence causing death. 

Legal options of the parents

Although no amount of money could ever make up for the trauma and loss suffered by the parents of the deceased children, they are entitled to pursue financial relief through the Ontario civil justice system. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case against the teen driver who caused the car accident, the parents can pursue full financial accountability from him and any separate owner of the vehicle he was operating. They can file wrongful death lawsuits to seek recovery of documented monetary damages regarding the tragic loss of their two children.