Separate Etobicoke crashes kill 5-year-old girl, 22-year-old woman

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A make-shift memorial grew on a central Etobicoke street where a tragic weekend crash killed a five-year-old girl.

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Etobicoke’s roads turned deadly Saturday night as Toronto Police responded to two fatal crashes an hour apart, including the one which claimed the child’s life shortly after 9 p.m. on Renforth Dr., north of Rathburn Rd.

About an hour earlier, a 22-year-old woman died after she allegedly lost control of her Acura TL sedan and hit a utility pole on The Queensway, east of Parklawn Rd., according to police. The woman was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died a short time later, while her 20-year-old male passenger survived with serious injuries.

Among the local residents who turned out to the location of the crash that killed the five-year-old was Amanda Lapier.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what the family is going through,” said Lapier, clutching her youngest son, Alexandros, 3, in her arms.

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Also accompanied by her other son, Lucas, 8, Lapier put down a bouquet of flowers and a large red-glassed candle.

“I have two kids myself and this is a tragic situation,” she added. “It really hits close to home, especially when you have little kids.”

She said she heard the fire trucks going to the scene of the collision, where a white four-door Nissan smashed into a large tree on Renforth Dr., across from Centennial Park.

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Police said a 31-year-old woman behind the wheel somehow lost control of the car and cut across Renforth.

Scattered debris from the crash could be seen in the gloomy daylight, including a little neon sock, a pair of medical scissors, and discarded bandages.

A young couple, who did not want their names used, said they knew the little girl and her mother — the driver of the car.

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The young man laid down flowers while the woman dropped off three stuffed animals in Ziploc bags — two unicorns and a dog — to protect them from the rain.

The man said the little girl loved animals and dogs.

Garry Silliker, a retired Toronto Police officer, said the area is known for crashes and speed enforcement surveillance cameras were installed in the past year.

“Police are doing their best. They put up the warnings and stats; they have RIDE coming up for Christmas time,” said Swilliker.

A speed display camera on the side of Renforth showed vehicles were generally travelling at the posted 40 km/h limit. However, one car was speeding at 70 km/h.

These were the 51st and 52nd road fatalities of the year in Toronto.

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