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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Alex Hayes Trust Fund-tragic Ottawa bicycle accident, Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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… 

Greely is reeling in the wake of a hit-and-run incident that killed a 16-year-old grocery store employee on Sept. 9.

Alex Hayes was killed 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.

Hayes left the store shortly after 9 p.m. and was hit by a car minutes later.

Police found the driver, Samira Daoud, 40, of Ottawa at approximately 9:30 p.m. Although they couldn’t confirm whether or not she told them about hitting Hayes, police didn’t discover his body until 12:10 p.m. the next morning.

“The rest would be part of the investigation,” Ottawa police Const. J.P. Vincelette said.

An autopsy has been conducted to see if Hayes died on impact, however Vincelette would not comment on the results. 

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.

She appeared in court on Sept. 11 and was remanded in custody until Sept. 17.

As the community awaits Daoud’s fate, they continue to mourn the loss of a determined young man.

Bouquets of flowers next to a makeshift memorial continued to grow at the entrance of the store since the Hayes’s death. There is roadside display at the crash site as well.

Blair MacKinnon, the store’s co-owner, hired Hayes six months ago when he was looking for co-op work.

MacKinnon was so impressed with Hayes’s work ethic and attitude that he hired him after his second day on the job.

“If I had three or four of him it would be perfect,” he said. “I’d clone him if I could.

“He’d take you up and down the aisle if you needed anything. He’d help anyone.”

Not only was Hayes the model employee, but he tried to help his family in any way too.

The Ottawa Technical Learning Centre student took a trip to Cuba just before the end of August and, although the trip was cheaper because he went offseason, he paid for his mother, Penny, and one of his brothers to go too.

“He always had a smile on his face,” MacKinnon said. “He never bitched and complained. He once worked three straight weeks, eight hours a day. Never said a word.”

Over 200 people attended the wake on Sept. 17, most were students from Hayes’s school plus others from nearby St. Mark Catholic High School and Osgoode Township High School.

An Alex Hayes Trust Fund was also set up, which raised $20,000 in the first four days.

McKinnon, who knows Penny through her work, presented her wall the donations at the wake.

“She was crying,” he said, “but she said they were tears of joy.”

All employees at Foodland had the word “Alex” written on their work shirts on Sept. 17 in remembrance of their friend, some with a message to support Mothers Against Drunk Driving – a reference to the charge of impaired driving against the accused.

MacKinnon said many customers who’ve come into the store to speak with him about Alex, and the incident itself, feel drinking and driving punishments are too lenient.

MacKinnon largely agreed.

“I could shoot you in the face and get 25 years (in jail) or run you over while drunk and get two,” he said. “What would you rather do?”

While not wanting to comments on the specifics of an incident that’s before the courts, Nepean-Carleton M.P. Pierre Poilievre said the government is doing its best to crack down on impaired drivers.

“Our government is working to give the tools to police officers so they can tackle the problem of drunk driving,” he said. “We continually remind all motorists that drinking and driving do not go together and that there are many other alternative to getting into a vehicle when you’ve had too much to drink.”

MacKinnon said he plans to bring in a counsellor to the store on Sept. 24 to give all his employees a chance to grieve.

“We’re going to shut the doors and give everyone a chance to cry it out,” he said.

And judging by his own feelings, he knows it will be hard.

“We’re going to miss him, there’s no two ways about it,” MacKinnon said with a tear in his eye. “I miss him already.”

 In Ottawa, a 40-year-old woman made a brief court appearance Saturday morning. She was in court after a teen riding a bicycle and sadly was struck and killed by in an Ottawa car accident Thursday. Daoud was dressed in a blue top, had her hair in a bun, and appeared tired. Previous to Saturday’s court appearance, Daoud had already lost her licence for impaired driving. The charges against Samira Mohamed Daoud include criminal negligence causing death, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, drunk driving and possession of a stolen vehicle. In the hit-and-run on south Bank Street, 16-year-old Alex Hayes was hit as he rode his bicycle home from a shift at MacKinnon’s Foodland in Greely. Police got a call from family members late Thursday reporting Hayes missing. Officers found Hayes’ bike on the side of the road in the 5700 block of Bank Street at 12:10 a.m. Friday. His dead body was found nearby. Ottawa Police have not said whether Hayes was wearing a helmet or whether his bike was equipped with lights and reflectors.

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 was driving north on Bank Street toward Mitch Owens Road. Charron tried to follow the speeding truck, but couldn’t keep up. Cars pulled to the side of the road to avoid being hit by the erratic driver, she said. Charron later spotted the woman again on Leitrim Road, where she turned south into the northbound lane on Bank Street. When the driver was arrested, Charron says she saw a half empty two-litre bottle of wine between the two front seats. Charron said she also noticed that one of the headlights of the truck, which was working when she first saw the vehicle in her rear view mirror, was burned out and the side of the truck was damaged. “It just seemed so obvious. I put two and two together,” Charron said. “I wish I could have stopped it. I tried. I wanted to stop her from killing someone because she was driving so fast.” Charron was still visibly upset on Friday afternoon as she recounted the events that unfolded the night before .“This drinking and driving happens so easy,” she said, holding back tears. “People shouldn’t do it. It’s terrible, you know? It’s not right.”

Several employees at the grocery store were distraught on Friday after learning that Hayes had been killed. Some called in sick because they were too upset to work. “I was in shock this morning when I heard it was him,” said Blair MacKinnon, the grocery store’s owner. “I couldn’t believe it actually.” MacKinnon said Hayes was familiar with the route he took home, almost always riding his bike to and from work. His mother, a part-time employee at the LCBO attached to the grocery store, drove him to work when it rained or snowed. Carrie Longlade, the grocery store’s night shift supervisor, received a call from Hayes’ father looking for his son several hours after he was scheduled to finish work Thursday night. Longlade said Hayes had left around 9 p.m., just as she arrived at work. “He said, ‘I gue
ss I have some more phone calls to make,’” Longlade said. “(He was) concerned, worried.” MacKinnon said the young man worked stocking shelves and helping customers. Hayes was described as a reliable worker, took shifts from people who wanted time off and often agreed to come in when he wasn’t scheduled to work. A photo of Hayes from a recent family trip to Cuba with the words “Please support MADD” written underneath was posted on the front door of the grocery store Friday.

The scene at the Ottawa Technical Learning Centre, where Hayes was a student, was just as sombre. On Friday, students came out of the school at lunch time in tears. Several consoled each other as they smoked cigarettes on the sidewalk in front of the school. Hayes had a girlfriend who came to school Friday morning. She wasn’t able to make it through the day and went home.  Hayes always had a smile on his face no matter how difficult his life became. “I will tell you that I will miss him a lot,” the family member said. “He was a great kid. He was always willing to help. And was a very hard worker, too.”The family member said Hayes was very helpful. He did gardening and installed patio stones when he could have been hanging out with friend. The woman’s eldest daughter has been hit hard by the news of her cousin’s death. The daughter often hung out with her cousin and will fondly remember a trip they took together to the Maritimes and their grandfather’s cottage.

Source: The Ottawa Citizen

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