JILLSON firstname.lastname@example.org_county.london.london_free_press 2007-06-05 published
Crash victims cling to life
Five people die in crashes in a devastating weekend on Southwestern Ontario roads.
By Kelly PEDRO, Sun Media, Tues., June 5, 2007
Two people were clinging to life in a London hospital yesterday after a deadly weekend on Southwestern Ontario roads claimed five lives.
The weekend deaths were among 11 lives lost on area roads in the past 17 days.
"It's been a very devastating weekend for the officers investigating the crashes, as well as the families left behind to deal with the tragedies," said Western Region Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave Rektor.
"The worst part is, it's all preventable."
In the most recent death, a 44-year-old London man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a pickup truck near Saint Marys.
The pickup was travelling south on the 15th Line when it collided in the intersection with the motorcycle travelling west on Zorra Road 92 about 6 p.m. Sunday, said Oxford Ontario Provincial Police.
The intersection is controlled by stop signs on the 15th Line, police said. Roads were dry and clear at the time.
Other weekend deaths:
- Joel SCHILLER, 55, of Tecumseh died after the all-terrain vehicle dune buggy he was driving on Northville Road south of Port Franks, rolled into a ditch Sunday afternoon. SCHILLER suffered fatal head injuries. Ontario Provincial Police are investigating.
- April JILLSON, 22, of Corunna and Jennifer SEABROOK, 33, of London, were killed after the car they were in collided with another vehicle at Littlewood Drive and Carriage Road Friday afternoon. JILLSON and SEABROOK were travelling west on Littlewood, south of London at the time. The intersection is controlled by stop signs on Littlewood, Ontario Provincial Police said.
- Three hours later, Judy Mae ABRAM, 51, of Muncey died after the car she was driving failed to stop for a stop sign on Jubilee Drive and Muncey Road and collided with an embankment. Two passengers, Marie GROSBECK, 47, and Morgan WILLIAMS, 23, also of Muncey, were in critical condition in a London hospital yesterday.
Though the Ontario Provincial Police have increased visibility and public education efforts, the safe-driving message seems to be falling on deaf ears, Rektor said.
"Unless the public buys into this message that they need to change their driving, then they could be next," he said.
"If people felt that way, they might reconsider the way they're driving every day."
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