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KYONKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2007-01-07 published
Head-on collision kills 2 teens, police officer
Van carrying teens crossed into oncoming lane on Major Mackenzie Drive, crashing into off-duty York Region police officer's car early yesterday
By Thulasi SRIKANTHAN, Staff Reporter with files from Meghan WATERS and Nick KYONKA
Every Christmas, York Region police officer Davis AHLOWALIA would buy and gift-wrap hundreds of boxes of chocolates, then drive to Nathan Phillips Square to hand them out to the homeless.
It was typical behaviour for the 28-year-old police officer, who helped raise funds for an orphanage in Jamaica and worked to feed the poor in Calcutta.
But yesterday, the man who worked hard to build a better life for others was killed in a head-on collision after a van travelling in the opposite direction crossed into his lane.
Two teenage boys from the van were also killed in the accident, near Major Mackenzie and Pine Valley Drives in Vaughan. A third passenger in the van is in critical condition at Sunnybrook Hospital. Police yesterday tentatively identified AHLOWALIA. One of the vehicles was registered in his name.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet because he is just so full of life and I can't imagine that would be taken away so quickly," said his sister-in-law Alisia D'SILVA. "He is one of the pillars of this family. It's going to be so quiet in this house. He has always been so full of life, he walks into the door and you know he's there 'cause he is always laughing."
Police remembered AHLOWALIA as a humanitarian with a warm heart. "This is truly a tragedy that someone so young with so much to give is gone," said York Police Chief Armand LA BARGE.
In the last few hours of his life, D'SILVA says AHLOWALIA was with her and one of his older brothers. They spent the evening having dinner and joking around.
"We were reminiscing about our childhoods and growing up in Indian families and joking about pranks we used to get into and the trouble we used to get into with our parents," she said.
AHLOWALIA's final stop before he left to drive home was the house of his sister-in-law's parents in York Region.
"I hugged him goodnight and went inside and he talked to his brother for a bit and got back in the car and that was it and then a couple of hours later, we got a call that he was gone," she said.
The youngest of three brothers, he grew up in a devout Catholic family. He planned to become a priest but left after a year to pursue a career in the force.
"Any sort of injustice he just couldn't stand for it, he wouldn't just sit back there and think about it, he'd get out there and do something about it."
Last October, he flew to India to work with Mother Teresa's charity, where he bought food for the homeless and cared for the mentally handicapped. His vacations were spent volunteering. "He's done more in his 28 years than most people would have in 90 years," D'SILVA said. "He has lived his life and he has touched so many people in that short time."

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KYONKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2007-01-07 published
No end to pain in unsolved fatalities
Road accident cases hard for families, police
By Nick KYONKA, Staff Reporter
The parents of Andres MALDONADO still have questions about the night their son was killed in a hit-and-run accident two months ago.
"I would like to clarify what happened that night because nothing is clear for me," his father, Galo MALDONADO, said Friday. "I would like to talk to the people who were involved in this accident&hellip I need answers."
Those people, however, are not coming forward.
Nineteen-year-old Andres died while trying to cross Highway 27 near Humber College Blvd. shortly after midnight on October 29.
Crossing against a red light, he was struck by one car in the passing lane before falling into the curb lane and being struck again.
The first car stopped but the driver has never come to speak to the teen's family. The second car, believed to be light-coloured and mid-sized, sped away and has not been seen since.
The teen's death is one of three unsolved fatal accidents in 2006, and officers from the Toronto police Traffic Services division are calling on the public to help shed light on each of the cases.
"None of us like to have outstanding cases where we haven't been able to find who's responsible for the victim's families," said Det. Paul LOBSINGER. " When we're unable to solve it, we have some sense that we haven't just let the family down, we've let the community down."
In MALDONADO's case, he said, it's even more frustrating because the driver of the second car would not have faced any criminal charges had he or she stopped after the accident.
"(MALDONADO) was dressed completely in dark clothing, crossing a highway in the dark against a red light," he noted.
The other two unsolved road deaths last year came about half an hour apart on the morning of March 11.
At about 8: 50 a.m., 69-year-old Jure KOZINA was crossing the road near Dundas St. and Bloor St. W. when a car plowed through the intersection, fatally striking KOZINA.
The car, which did not stay at the scene, was believed to be a dark-coloured, late-'90s Mercury Sable.
At around 9: 15 a.m. on the other side of the city, 47-year-old Ronald HARDING was taking advantage of some unseasonably warm weather by taking his motorcycle out for a ride in the city's east end when he ran a red light at Morningside Ave. and Sheppard Ave. E.
Another vehicle, believed to be a mid-to-late-'90s silver Pontiac Grand Am, was heading through the intersection at the same time and collided with Harding's bike. The driver of the car stopped briefly at the scene before speeding off.
"We all know in our mind that there are people out there who know what happened and who know who's responsible," LOBSINGER said of the cases. "It's hard to get it in our mind that they would not come forward."
As for Galo MALDONADO, he and his family are no longer angry with the driver who killed his son. They simply want to know what happened. "We are Christians and we don't want nothing against them but we need to clarify the situation," he said.

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