Crash Victim A 19-Year-Old MomFebruary 18th, 2010 5:10pm
SCARBOROUGH – A high speed crash possibly linked to street racing killed a woman and injured several others in Toronto’s east end early Thursday morning.
The crash happened on Pharmacy Avenue, south of St. Clair, near Florens Avenue (see map above) shortly after midnight.
Toronto police report that the male driver of an Eagle Talon lost control while allegedly traveling well in excess of the posted speed limit as he drove southbound on Pharmacy. The car traveled for 40 metres across the front lawns of several homes and eventually collided with a wood hydro pole at St. Bede’s Road. The crash downed several live wires and snapped the pole in two.
Police said that due to the impact of the crash and the ensuing violent manoeuvres, two female passengers, reported to be 19 and 15 years of age, were ejected from the backseat of the car. The 19 year old woman sustained massive head injuries and was transported to hospital where sadly, she was pronounced dead.
Police would not confirm if she had been wearing a seatbelt.
There were four occupants in the Talon including the 18 year old driver. The driver, along with the 15 year old female passenger, fled the scene after the crash, police said.
Another passenger, reported to be an 19 year old male, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The driver and his teenage passenger later turned up at the hospital where they were questioned by police and treated for minor injuries.
According to a Toronto Sun report the victim has been identified as Nicole Quinn-Ignagni, mother to a 15 month old baby girl.
The dead girl’s uncle told the Toronto Sun that Quinn-Ignagni’s brother was in another car behind them and he called her cellphone to tell the driver of the Talon to slow down.
The driver has since been arrested and charged with dangerous driving causing death.
Police are still interviewing witnesses to the crash.
“The (group in the Talon) were travelling (ahead of) a group of friends that were some distance behind when the collision occurred,” Sgt. Tim Burrows of Toronto Police Services said in an interview with the Globe and Mail. “They have assisted to some degree with this investigation.”
It’s not known at this time if the driver of the Talon had been racing the driver of the car behind him. Both groups were driving home after a night at the movies, according to the Toronto Sun.
“We have not ruled out racing but we will look at all factors that are possible including alcohol,” Burrows told the Globe and Mail. “But anything dealing with the driver behaviour we want to look into.”
Donald LePage of Toronto faces a series of charges in connection with this crash.