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VIRGOE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-20 published
Dead trucker called hero in needless crash
By Canadian Press, Wed., June 20, 2007
Toronto -- A car can be as dangerous as "a loaded gun," and as much as the government has done to crack down on street racing and reckless driving, the responsibility ultimately lies in the hands of those behind the wheel, Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday.
McGuinty was commenting on a Monday morning crash on the busy Highway 400 that killed a truck driver and snarled commuter traffic until late that night.
Three men face a total of 11 charges in the crash, in which police blame speed and dangerous driving.
David VIRGOE, 48, of Stroud, was identified yesterday as the driver of the tractor-trailer who died in the crash. VIRGOE leaves behind three children and five grandchildren.
Family members told the media VIRGOE was a very safe and experienced driver who drove that stretch of highway each day.
The crash was the third major accident in four days on the busy north-south highway, and the second fatal one.
"There is no excuse for this kind of tragedy to unfold on Ontario highways," McGuinty said.
"We'll continue to talk to our police and ask them what it is more that we might do to make our highways safer, but at the end of the day there's one individual who sits behind the wheel in a car. It's like a loaded gun," he said at an auto industry funding announcement.
Prabhjit MULTANI, 20, and Nauman NUSRAT, 19, the two men accused in VIRGOE's death, appeared in Barrie court yesterday and were remanded in custody pending a bail hearing set for Friday.
witnesses: said two or three cars were speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when one caused the tractor-trailer to lose control. The big rig ripped out a guardrail and careened back across the highway, tumbling down an embankment and into a ditch.
"This is happening every day on our highways and I hope our justice system pulls through and sends a message out," said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Dave WOODFORDE.
Drivers are hailing VIRGOE as a hero for veering away from traffic and saving lives in the process.
"That truck driver decided at some point in a split second that he was going to save the lives of at least a dozen people on that highway," said Brian PATTERSON of the Ontario Safety League.
"That guy's a hero."

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VIRGOE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-20 published
Wife of crash victim calls for tougher laws
'My husband was a grandfather of five. He was 48 years old. And I shouldn't be burying him,' she says
By Unnati GANDHI with a report from Matt HARTLEY, Page A13
A day before David VIRGOE was killed in a horrific highway accident for which police blame street racing, the carefree man was enjoying Father's Day with his daughter and newborn grand_son.
Just before the family sat down for dinner that evening, he saw a snake under a patio bench and decided to have some fun with his daughter, Bobbi Jo. He chased the 29-year-old around the backyard while waving his hand at her, pretending he was holding a snake.
"She's screaming like a little girl and getting a kick out of it, and he's laughing and running after her," his wife, Debbie, told The Globe and Mail yesterday. "He was such a funny guy."
That scene, she said, keeps replaying in her mind. Not even 24 hours later, the tanker truck Mr. VIRGOE was driving was sideswiped by a speeding car on Highway 400, causing him to veer into the guardrail and crash into a ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene - and hailed as a hero for avoiding an even deadlier crash.
Police say two cars were racing in the northbound lanes near Bradford that morning. Three men in their early 20s have been charged with dangerous driving, street racing and other offences.
But Mrs. VIRGOE, citing a similar accident that sent 11 people to hospital on the same stretch of highway just two days before her husband was killed, wants more done to prevent future tragedies.
"They govern our big trucks so that they don't go over certain speeds. It's time that they governed cars," she said from her Innisfil home. "None of the speed limits are over 100 kilometres. How come our cars go over 200?"
A friend of 19-year-old Nauman NUSRAT, one of the men charged, said Mr. NUSRAT was known to go at speeds of up to 180 kilometres an hour in his Pontiac Grand Am.
"He was into racing. It was just like for fun," said the 21-year-old, who did not want his name published. The two had worked together at an Etobicoke Tim Hortons for the last year.
"When I was there, I didn't let him do that. I'm like, 'Don't do it, don't do it,' he said, adding Mr. NUSRAT would laugh at him for being cautious. "His other Friends were kind of scared, too. This guy's kind of a bold guy."
A woman who identified herself as the mother of another accused, Prabjit MULTANI, 20 - also charged with dangerous driving and street racing - declined comment when contacted by The Globe and Mail. Both men appeared in Barrie court yesterday and were remanded into custody pending a bail hearing set for Friday. A third man, charged with dangerous driving, also appeared in court.
Mrs. VIRGOE said the charges against the men are too lax.
"They just murdered a man on the street. Was it an intent to set out to do that? In my mind, yes. The minute you get behind a vehicle, it is a weapon all on its own. It has the ability to do great damage, just like putting a knife in a child's hand," she said.
"My husband was a grandfather of five. He was 48 years old. And I shouldn't be burying him on Friday."
In a sad twist, Mr. VIRGOE just met the latest addition to the family, born on May 14, on Sunday.
Brad VIRGOE, 23, said his father was always working hard for his family. He would leave for work on Sunday nights, and come home on Friday nights. He said his parents, after more than 20 years, were about to move into their first house on July 6. They spent all of Saturday packing.
"They were renting the house they were at and saving up money so they can go out and put down the mortgage."
Professional driver George CHAMBERS drives the 400 regularly. At a truck stop just south of the crash site yesterday, he said drivers always need to be watchful for vehicles speeding and weaving, but they must be especially vigilant near cities.
"It's a big problem," he said.
Mr. CHAMBERS said Mr. VIRGOE did the right thing by putting the truck in the ditch to save the lives of the other drivers. "I would have done the same thing if I had to," he said.

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VIRTUE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-11 published
HOGAN, Kathleen Mary (née EDMUNDS)
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, December 10, 2007. Bunny HOGAN of Owen Sound in her 70th year. Wife of the late Kenneth HOGAN. Dear mother of Darlene SKINNER (Bruce WARDROP,) Donna Lynn STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Robert DANARD, Jack GENOE (Tam CARRUTHERS), Debbie VIRTURE (Jenny PLAYFORD), Donna VIRTURE (Stacey CAMERON), Shannon GIBBONS (Rick GIBBONS) and Kevin VIRTUE. Also survived by eight grandchildren Kenny, Lisa, Chris, Mark, Clinton, Crystal, Natasha, Emily and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Grace and Al EDMUNDS, a son Robert and a son-in-law Arthur HAMILTON. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home for visiting on Wednesday from 12: 30 p.m. until service time. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Dr. Ted CREEN officiating. Interment, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial donations to the CFOS - Sun Times Christmas Fund Broadcast would be appreciated.

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VIRTURE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-11 published
HOGAN, Kathleen Mary (née EDMUNDS)
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, December 10, 2007. Bunny HOGAN of Owen Sound in her 70th year. Wife of the late Kenneth HOGAN. Dear mother of Darlene SKINNER (Bruce WARDROP,) Donna Lynn STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Robert DANARD, Jack GENOE (Tam CARRUTHERS), Debbie VIRTURE (Jenny PLAYFORD), Donna VIRTURE (Stacey CAMERON), Shannon GIBBONS (Rick GIBBONS) and Kevin VIRTUE. Also survived by eight grandchildren Kenny, Lisa, Chris, Mark, Clinton, Crystal, Natasha, Emily and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Grace and Al EDMUNDS, a son Robert and a son-in-law Arthur HAMILTON. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home for visiting on Wednesday from 12: 30 p.m. until service time. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Dr. Ted CREEN officiating. Interment, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial donations to the CFOS - Sun Times Christmas Fund Broadcast would be appreciated.

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