By Claire Floody Staff Reporter Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 York Regional Police are trying to identify the victim of a fatal collision after a vehicle crashed into an overpass in Markham on Monday and burst into flames. “We believe there’s just one person in the car,” Staff Sgt. Dave Mitchell said, adding that the vehicle was so badly damaged, emergency services couldn’t be sure at first if someone was inside. Police received at least three 911 calls just after 5:30 p.m., saying a vehicle caught fire after it slammed into a railway overpass on Ninth Line just north of Steeles Ave. E. Mitchell said there was “severe damage” to the vehicle, specifically where the driver was sitting. He said police do not know what caused the collision or any of the events leading up to it. “We have a bit of a mystery on our hands,” he said. Article Continued Below Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the … [Read more...] about York Region police trying to identify victim of fiery car crash in Markham
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By Mary Ormsby Feature reporter Sun., Sept. 25, 2016 Ben Johnson held P.K. Subban’s ankles as the younger man, preparing for his NHL camp in Nashville, performedsets of stomach crunches on a stifling summer afternoon at Varsity Stadium. On the infield, sprints followed crunches. Johnson watched. More crunches. More sprints. Then a session-ending stretch in the swelter, under the former Olympian sprinter’s instruction. “When he trains with me, I’m embarrassed sometimes at some of the things he can do that I can’t,” said Subban, streaming sweat. “At one point, he was the fastest man in the world.” Johnson is 54. Subban is 27. The hockey player was born the year after the Canadian sprinter failed the Olympics’ most famous urine test and the torment of Ben Johnson began. Article Continued Below In 1988, his punishment was swift and final. Today, new information uncovered by the Star raises questions … [Read more...] about Ben Johnson was fast, justice was faster
By Shawn Micallef Star Columnist Wed., June 13, 2018 As the waterfront pedestrian and cycling trail passes by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344, with its giant red poppy out front, other flowers are intermittently tied to a steel fence separating the trail from Lake Shore Blvd. W. By a child’s bicycle, painted white and chained to a pole, there’s an even larger cluster of flowers. This “ghost bike” marks where 5-year-old Xavier Morgan was killed when he crashed going downhill on the trail and fell into Lake Shore traffic. The flowers were placed there to mark the one-year anniversary of his tragic death on May 24. When the incident happened, Mayor John Tory demanded a review of the safety of Toronto’s bike trails and said, “it is past time for us to have a hard look at safety on these trails.” One year later the steel riot fence, a temporary barrier hastily erected, remains in place with nothing else done. This past … [Read more...] about Mayor Tory could act to save pedestrians’ and cyclists’ lives. But will he?
By Ryan Pearson The Associated Press Thu., April 5, 2018 LOS ANGELES—Jason Clarke plunged into frigid waters, repeatedly, for his role as the late senator Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick. The Australian actor said his research about the accident that thwarted Kennedy’s presidential chances included jumping into Poucha Pond, the same waters the Massachusetts Democrat’s car crashed into in July 1969, killing Mary Jo Kopechne. Clarke said the indie film, which is in limited release on Friday, doesn’t try to sensationalize the accident, which Kennedy failed to report for 10 hours. He said the film sticks “to the facts as much as we could and to play it out without scandalizing, without going to the tabloid of it.” “This man committed this act and he worked his way out of it with help and with his own moral journey to the other side, where he then became one of the longest-serving senators in history. I don’t think — … [Read more...] about Chappaquiddick movie puts focus on aftermath of Ted Kennedy’s accident
A fourth person has died in hospital after a two-vehicle collision in Pickering on Thursday.Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Sgt. Kerry Schmidt confirmed that a fourth person — a 25-year-old Oshawa woman — died in hospital after she was transported in critical condition to Markham Stouffville Hospital following the crash.Three people, all from Oshawa, died on scene around 12:10 p.m. on Hwy. 7 near Sideline 26. OPP Staff Sgt. Dean Korn said that a westbound BMW attempted to pass a vehicle, lost control and then slammed head-on into a Mercedes-Benz driving east.Schmidt said the roads were snow-covered at the time and that may have been a factor in the car losing control.Korn said the driver of the Mercedes-Benz was taken to hospital with minor injuries. … [Read more...] about Four people die after head-on collision in Pickering