EGMOND firstname.lastname@example.org_county.london.london_free_press 2007-09-12 published
Crash kills London mother, daughter
Their car hit a median on Highway 401 and was struck by a transport truck.
By Randy RICHMOND, Sun Media, Wed., September 12, 2007
Grim scene: The driver of this transport truck died yesterday morning when he rear-ended a tractor trailer on Highway 401 near Colonel Talbot Road that had slowed for a police roadblock to divert traffic around an earlier fatal accident. (Derek RUTTAN Sun Media)
A London mother and daughter dedicated to helping victims of self abuse were killed yesterday in a Highway 401 crash that led to the death of a third driver hours later.
B.J. THOM, 52, also known as Elizabeth, and her daughter, Ashley GARROD, 22, were killed after their car hit the median in the east lanes of Highway 401 between Colonel Talbot Road and Wellington Road, spun out of control and was hit by a transport truck during heavy rain about 4 a.m., police said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer faces several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident causing death.
A second crash occurred just before 11 a.m. at the roadblock where police were diverting traffic from Highway 401 to Colonel Talbot Road.
A transport truck slowed down at the roadblock and a second truck slammed into it, killing the driver of the second truck.
Killed in the second crash was Timothy McDERMOTT, 50, of South Woodslee, Essex County.
The three deaths bring to nine the total killed on area roads the last 11 days and the carnage is exasperating police, said Const. Doug GRAHAM of Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police.
"Every accident on Highway 401 and 402 in the past few days was preventable. We are very concerned about all these deaths," he said.
Some drivers aren't getting the message to slow down in bad weather or at night, to leave room between vehicles and to wear seatbelts, GRAHAM said.
"That is is what is so disturbing."
Friends of THOM and GARROD expressed horror yesterday at the news the pair had died.
THOM and GARROD ran Self Abuse Finally Ends in Canada, a London-based group that helps people who hurt themselves.
THOM had successfully fought self abuse, said Trix VAN EGMOND, mental health public educator with the Canadian Mental Health Association of London- Middlesex.
"She gave help back and she did it in a personalized way. She was very funny and irreverent, I think, from going to hell and back herself."
GARROD was driving the car when the crash occurred, Ontario Provincial Police said.
Police learned of the accident from a motorist who noticed headlights from a vehicle in the south ditch along the east lanes.
Officers arrived to find the two women dead and the car "extensively damaged," GRAHAM said.
They also found a headlight at the scene.
"From the impact and from the evidence left at the scene we were able to determine it was a tractor-trailer we were looking for," GRAHAM said.
It appears the car hit the median and spun enough that the truck hit the passenger side, GRAHAM said.
Police searched area truck stops for a damaged tractor- trailer missing a headlight. They found a truck parked at the back of the Flying J truck stop south off Highway 401 near Highbury Avenue about two hours later, GRAHAM said.
The driver was inside the truck, he added, and at first refused to leave the cab, .
"He made no effort to contact police or return to the scene," GRAHAM said.
Stefan FOGIEL, 61, of Acton, has been charged with two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death, resisting arrest, failing to maintain log books and failing to have a pre-trip inspection, Ontario Provincial Police said.
FOGIEL made a brief court appearance before Justice of the Peace Patricia HODGINS yesterday.
White-haired with glasses and wearing a white T-shirt with a Bass Beer logo, FOGIEL told HODGINS he wanted a Polish interpreter for his court appearances.
Assistant Crown attorney Brian WHITE/WHYTE ordered FOGIEL be kept in custody. He is to make a video court appearance today.
The second crash yesterday occurred only minutes after police had removed the London women's crumpled blue car from the scene of the first incident.
"The lead transport truck was slowing down. The one behind slammed into it. It was quite an impact," GRAHAM said.
The driver of the first transport, Harpreet PANNU, 29, of Brampton, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
There was no reason for the collision, GRAHAM said.
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