East Ottawa Car Accident: Vankleek Hill Accident: Deaths Gareth Allen and Naomi Theoret

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer…I’m very sad to report of a terrible Vankleek Hill car accident that resulted in the wrongful deaths of 2 very young people.  CBC News reported that a truck driver could face charges in connection with a collision east of Ottawa that claimed the lives of Gareth Allen and Naomi Théoret. What a tragic loss of 2 young lives…My thoughts go out to all of their friends and family. .. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer

 The car accident  happened about 5:30 p.m. Monday near Vankleek Hill, about 65 kilometres east of the national capital. A truck driver had unhitched his flatbed trailer and left it blocking the westbound lane of Concession Road 2, police said. The driver told police he was about to put out flares when the crash occurred.  Neither Gareth Allen, 18, of Champlain Township, nor his girlfriend Naomi Théoret, 17, of Nation Township were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the car accident, and may not have seen the trailer they struck, an OPP officer said. “It is dark and it is not a well-lit road,” Const. Pierre Dubois said at the accident site, where broken plastic and glass still litters the ground. Police said charges might be laid against the tractor-trailer driver in the coming weeks. Friends at Théoret’s Hawkesbury high school set up a makeshift memorial at her locker Tuesday. Friends remembered both victims as great athletes with warm personalities. Théoret, a volleyball player, helped coach a younger team at her school. Allen, who graduated from another high school, had an unmistakable laugh, friends said.

Source: CBC News

The four-month love affair of two area teenagers came to a tragic end Monday afternoon.

Garett Allen, 18 and Naomi Theoret, 17 were killed when the pickup truck Allen was driving crashed into a semi trailer.

The day after the crash, Allen’s father Scott said he and his son had planned to go buy a new truck Tuesday — one Garett had been saving for.

At the time of his high school graduation last year, the young Allen wrote of his aspirations — “to go where the road leads me.”

“The road took him in the wrong direction last night,” said his father through tears.

The popular, rugged young man was driving his black 1994 GMC pickup westbound on Con. 2 around 5:30 p.m. in the Nation Township between Claude Duval Rd. and County Rd. 10 when it hit a loaded semi-trailer that was parked blocking the westbound lane.

Allen was taking his girlfriend home before heading to his uncle’s farm to milk the cows.

“Whenever he left the house every day we’d tell him to be careful,” said his father. “He was careful, but he lived every day to the fullest.”

Allen was immensely popular and despite being 6-foot-2 and 240 lbs., his dad never heard of him being in a fight.

“He could crush you,” said Allen. “But I don’t think he had a single enemy. He was everybody’s friend. He never got mad at anyone.”

Tuesday morning he spoke by phone to Theoret’s parents.

“They’re devastated,” he said.

Allen is survived by an older brother, two sisters and his mother Faye.

Theoret was a Grade 12 student at Le Sommet high school in Hawkesbury.

“She was a very important person to the school volleyball team,” said principal Anne Laflamme. “She would even help coach the younger ones.”

Laflamme said she particularly recalls Theoret’s “big smile”, saying she seemed happiest when she had lots of people around her.

“She was a very nice person,” she said, adding Theoret had applied to La Cite Collegiale in Ottawa, where she hoped to start in the fall.

Laflamme also knew Theoret’s boyfriend, who she recalled as “a very nice kid, a big teddy bear.”

Allen had already graduated from his high school — Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute — last spring as an honour student. His former principal said Laflamme’s description of him is appropriate.

“We’re devastated,” said Jeffrey Campbell. “He was a wonderful kid.”

Dad Scott paints an even clearer picture of his son’s gentle side.

“He loved animals,” he said. “He always stop to pet the cows and cats.”

While Theoret’s sport was volleyball, Allen’s were rugby, broomball and soccer — he was a star goalie for the Vankleek Hill Warriors. The young man who grew up on the family dairy farm also took part in regular 4-H agricultural competitions and restored old snowmobiles.

“He was very active in our small, tight-knit community,” said Campbell. “We’re a big family.”

There are only about 400 students at the high school in Vankleek Hill.

“It’s hard for the staff and the students, but we’re rallying together,” he said.

Grief counsellors and critical response workers were available to students and staff in Vankleek Hill, while Ottawa sent a team of social workers to Hawkesbury.

The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been laid.

doug.hempstead@sunmedia.ca

update:

OTTAWA — The volleyball teammates of a 17-year-old who was killed Monday in a car crash wore their blue and white jerseys to her funeral Saturday, wiping away tears as they listened to a service for a young woman they called the “heart” of their team.

Naomi Théoret and her 18-year-old boyfriend Garett Allen, were killed when their pickup truck struck a trailer blocking a lane on Concession Road 2, southwest of Hawkesbury, on Monday.

“She left us tragically and it was so unexpected, but she will always be here in spirit and watching over us,” said Sabrina Lamoureux, Théoret’s friend since kindergarten.

The families of the two teens sat side by side and consoled each other as Naomi’s funeral was held Saturday at St-Grégoire-de-Nazianze Church in Vankleek Hill.

The church was overflowing with friends and family members, forcing almost 30 people to stand at the back.

Théoret’s white casket with a bouquet of flowers draped across was in the centre of the church and flowers lined the altar.

Family and friends bowed their heads and wiped away tears as the priest delivered a eulogy in French about the young woman.

After the service, friends and family members exchanged hugs outside the church as the snow began to blanket the town.

A short time later, members of Théoret’s volleyball team, including the coach, gathered at Lamoureux’s home near the church. Tears were shed, laughs were shared and Théoret’s friends exchanged stories of the young woman.

Lamoureux’s father, Mike, came into the room to comfort the friends. He gave them each a kiss on the head and told them it’s important to let the grieving process take its course as they held hands to support each other.

“It’s a tough and it’s a big hole to fill. She will never be replaced,” he said. “Continue to love each other and support each other and never let the sun set on your anger.”

The teammates, who were dressed in their volleyball jerseys, described Théoret as a person who would always stand up for her friends. They also lovingly said she became known for being a klutz.

“Always falling over herself, always tripping, just doing a bunch of nonsense,” Lamoureux said. “She always had a smile on her face.”

In one case, Théoret’s mother was waiting outside the Lamoureux home for her daughter. Théoret rushed out and fell down the front steps.

Théoret quickly got up, waved at Lamoureux’s mother in the window and said she was OK.

The volleyball team will have armbands made to honour Théoret with her name and the number 16 to wear at every game, including a tournament on Feb. 10 when they will mark one month since her death.

A funeral for Allen will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Vankleek Hill.

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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer , Ontario Car Accident Attorney David Hollingsworth …What is going on in Ottawa?  This Ottawa accident is tragic and seems avoidable…My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Alex Hayes..It sounds like Alex was such a nice , good kid…I’m truly sorry for the loss of such a young man, still a boy…

The Greely community is deeply saddened by the hit-and-run incident that killed a 16-year-old boy who worked at the grocery store.

Alex Hayes was killed on September 9th, when he was struck by a driver on Bank Street, just south of Mitch Owens Road, as he was biking home from his shift at MacKinnon’s Foodland grocery store, just shortly after 9 p.m. Samira Daoud, 40, of Ottawa was tracked down by Ottawa Police at approximately 9:30 p.m. Alex’s body was finally discovered at 12:10 p.m. the following morning when Ottawa police took his body to  determine whether or not Alex died on impact of the crash.

Samira Daoud is charged with 13 offences, including criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, possessing a stolen car, driving with a suspended license, and breach of probation.

The Greely community continues to lay flowers next to a makeshift memorial dedicated to Alex and the memorial continues to grow at the entrance of the Foodland grocery store since the Alex’s death. The owner of the store told the Ottawa Citizen that he was  impressed with Hayes’s work ethic and attitude.  He was also quoted in the Ottawa Citizen saying “If I had three or four of him it would be perfect”. “I’d clone him if I could.” Alex was not only a great employee, he was a great family member. He worked hard to include his mother and brother on a recent student trip to the students took to Cuba.

A wake was held for Alex and over 200 people attended on Sept. 17,  Many of the students were from St. Mark Catholic High School and Osgoode Township High School.  To help the family, an Alex Hayes Trust Fund was also set up, which raised $20,000 in the first few days and Foodland employees wore “Alex” on their work shirts  in remembrance. The grocery store has also been flooded with patrons who got to know Alex.  Many have expressed their disappointment in the system and feel that a drinking and driving charge is not enough.

The owner of the store is also planning on bringing in professional counsellors to help staff grieve. Upset, he told the Ottawa Citizen “We’re going to miss him, there’s no two ways about it,”  “I miss him already.”

Earlier Thursday evening, not far from the Foodland grocery store, Christa Charron says a woman erratically driving a truck with Alberta licence plates forced her to move into another lane. The woman had been driving north on Bank Street and driving towards Mitch Owens Road. Charron was concerned and tried to follow the speeding truck, but couldn’t keep up. Other vehicles pulled to the side of the road as they were trying to avoid being hit by the erratic driver.  Charron proved to be a very important witness. It was reported in the Ottawa Citizen, that  Charron says she saw a half empty two-litre bottle of wine between the two front seats and that she noticed that one of the headlights of the truck, which was working when she first saw the vehicle in her rear view mirror, was no longer working and burned out. She also observed that the side of the truck was damaged. She spoke to the Ottawa Citizen and was visibly upset .

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa and Ontario accident victims and their families since 1999. With his extensive experience and knowledge of relevant accident and personal injury issues, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and helped families rebuild after tragic accidents, getting them much-needed supports and compensation. For more information visit www.ottawainjury.ca/wrongful-death-compensation/ for more information. David understands, he cares and he is here to help. mobile   (613) 978-9549      (613) 237-4922 ext.203