A mother and three young daughters killed in horrific accident in Brampton, Ontario. was identified. Grade 4 teacher Karolina Ciasullo and her daughters Clara, 6, Liliana, 4, and Mila, 1, died in a four-vehicle accident at Torbram Road and Countryside Road just after 12:00 p.m. Thursday, according to an online fundraising page.
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board released a statement on Friday confirming that Ciasullo was a grade 4 teacher at the Isaac Jogues Catholic elementary school in Brampton, where the flag was lowered at half-mast.
“Our deepest condolences go to her husband, other family members, friends and colleagues. As a Catholic school community, we offer our prayers for the family and all those affected by this tragic event, ”said the press release.
Witnesses said the accident occurred when a blue Infiniti crossed the intersection, was followed by a police vehicle and collided with a van in which Ciasullo and his daughters were traveling.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating. The SIU is an independent agency called to investigate any incident involving police and a member of the public that resulted in death, serious injury or an allegation of sexual assault.
The SIU said on Thursday that the six-year-old girl had been declared dead at the scene. Ciasullo and his two other daughters were taken to hospital in critical condition but died later.
The driver of the Infiniti, a 20-year-old man, was also transported to the hospital where he is located, police said.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown claims that the 20-year-old driver had a prohibited license for several driving offenses.
“He had plates that didn’t match his car. He only has a broken leg but his victims have had their lives stolen, “Brown wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
“There are no words to describe the pain and grief that Brampton endures with the needless death of a loving mother and 3 young children. I am furious that an incident of careless driving would rob this family of their future. ”
Neither the SIU nor the Peel Regional Police were able to confirm Brown’s information when contacted.
Two other vehicles were damaged in the accident, but no other serious injuries were reported.
When asked if the Inifinti had lit a red light, SIU spokeswoman Monica Hudson said Thursday that it would be part of the investigation, as well as whether the lights and sirens of the officers were activated.
According to preliminary reports, Hudson said the incident started when a Peel Regional Police officer, traveling west on Countryside Drive, observed an Infiniti in the eastbound lanes.
We still don’t know exactly what happened in the moments before the crash.
No charges have been laid so far.
Hudson said the SIU will conduct a full investigation as soon as possible.
While the SIU is investigating, the main collision center of the Peel Regional Police will also conduct a parallel investigation into the cause of the accident.
“We will take all factors into account in this investigation,” said Const. Akhil Mooken said Thursday.
He added that the collision was devastating for everyone involved, including the officers who intervened at the scene.
“It is a devastating and devastating incident … it is shocking,” he said.
“As a parent, when I first saw this call, the first thing I could think of was my own daughter. (I) tried to imagine the pain the family was going to experience. ”
The SIU said that four investigators, three forensic investigators and one crash reconstructionist were assigned to the case.
With Chris Fox files from CP24.