Mississauga driver charged in death of 10-year-old boy following QEW crash

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Published April 22, 2023 at 9:45 am

The Burlington OPP have laid several charges against a 31-year-old Mississauga driver, following a three-vehicle collision from Mar. 30 that happened on the QEW which left a 10-year-old boy from Beamsville dead.

On Friday (Apr. 21) at approximately 9:40 p.m., police tweeted an update on a fatal crash that occurred in the early evening of Mar. 30 on the QEW at Tufford Road in Vineland. 

The 31-year-old Mississauga woman whose identity has not been released by police is charged with dangerous driving  causing death and bodily harm.

On Thursday (Mar. 30) the 31-year-old driver approached slowing traffic on the QEW. She collided with an SUV driven by a 44-year-old woman from Beamsville with two 10-year-old brothers in the backseat. That SUV was then pushed into the back of another SUV driven by a 37-year-old woman from Milton.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said Fire crews and paramedics had to extricate one of the 10-year-old boys. He was sent to hospital where he died around 9 p.m. —just hours after the collision.

The woman and the other boy were sent to hospital along with the 37-year-old woman from Milton. The three had sustained minor injuries.

The woman from Mississauga was not injured.

“This is certainly a very tragic investigation and our hearts go out to those family members and loved ones of this 10-year-old boy,” said Schmidt.

A Go Fund Me page was set up by a brother-in-law to the family for Lucas Thomas—the boy who lost his life in the accident.  The community had far surpassed the goal of $10,000 by sending $21,056 to the account.

Lucas’ mother did survive the crash as did Lucas’ twin brother Ethan.

Kevin Krestinski, the brother-in-law who created the Go Fund Me said, “the community has asked me to initiate this for the family. Lucas was on the Autism Spectrum and (was) such an inquisitive bright young boy. He will be deeply missed at family events, his daycare and with his classmates.”

He also praised “the wonderful EMT’s, Police and attendants did everything they could to save our boy. Our experience at McMaster Children’s Hospital was tremendous. Truly a special place.”

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