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 .