Mother who lost daughter, 7, in crash released from hospital – The London Free Press

A woman who lost her seven-year-old daughter in a deadly crash Monday afternoon was released from the hospital on Wednesday, police say.

But police are remaining tight-lipped about details regarding the incident, including the identity of the woman and her daughter.

OPP are still investigating the crash and Const. Adam Crewdson — a spokesperson for the OPP — said police have decided not to release any other details after consulting with the family.

The woman, who is from the Ailsa Craig area just west of Ilderton, is a “remarkable” person, according to an employee at the town’s local Foodland who did not want to be identified out of respect for the family.

The employee said her young adult daughter had gone to school with the woman involved in the crash, and she can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a child. She said the woman has family support as she recovers, and has extended family in the community as well.

“This is a very, very loving mother,” the employee said. “This was a young mom that did a remarkable job with her daughter . . . she had a lot of support from her own family, too.”

The woman in the crash has two siblings, according to the Foodland employee, one of whom is a sister who posted on Facebook asking community members to keep family details private.

A memorial for a seven-year-old who was killed after a crash at Nairn Road and McEwen Drive remains two days later. Her mother who was driving was released from hospital on Wednesday. (SHALU MEHTA, The London Free Press) SHALU MEHTA/THE LONDON FREE PRESS

Others in the town, including North Middlesex mayor Don Shipway, said they are respecting the family’s wishes not to disclose any details until police decide to do so.

Sherri Harwood, who owns the Home Hardware in Ailsa Craig, said she didn’t know the woman or her daughter, but said many people in the community have been affected by the tragic incident.

Harwood said in small communities such as Ailsa Craig, tragedy is felt by everyone.


She said the local volunteer fire department sounds its siren when attending an emergency, and  whenever she hears that she wonders to what they may be headed.

“I’m sure that people send prayers out whenever they hear it,” Harwood said. “I know I do.”

The mother and daughter had been headed north on Nairn Road when their four-door sedan collided with a southbound pickup truck turning left on McEwen Drive shortly after 4:15 p.m. Monday, the OPP said. The truck was carrying five people, including the driver, all from the Ailsa Craig area.

A small memorial with a helium balloon, a sunflower and stones with the words “peace” and “hope” written on them remain at the site of the crash.