Peterborough crash victims were from same family

A mother, father and son are dead and their teenage daughter is in hospital after a head-on crash that killed four people east of Peterborough, Ont.

According to Ontario Provincial Police, the crash happened on Highway 7 near Drummond Line around 5:15 pm on Tuesday when an SUV and pick-up truck collided.

Family told CTV News Toronto three of the people killed in the crash were Stephanie MacHart, Jon MacHart, and their 18-year-old son Riddick MacHart.

Their 14-year-old daughter Rowghan MacHart was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in critical condition, family says.

The identity of the fourth deceased victim has not been confirmed.

A letter sent to parents by Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School Principal Debbie Callahan on Wednesday said it is “with profound sadness” they announce death of a student and staff member from the MacHart family.

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“You may have heard about a serious vehicle collision just east of Peterborough,” Callahan wrote in the letter. “We have learned that an entire family, the MacHart (Hart & MacDonnell) family, has been deeply impacted by this terrible accident, including the death of a student at our school and both parents, one of whom is also a Thomas A Stewart staff member. Another family member was involved, also a student at our school, and they were airlifted to hospital.”

CTV News Toronto has learned Stephanie MacHart was an educational assistant at the school.

“Our school community is shocked and grieving as we struggle to process this difficult news, and we understand that this will have an immediate and significant impact on our students, staff and families,” Callahan said in the letter.

Callahan said counselors will remain at the school for students “as long as needed.”

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“It is with the heaviest heart that we are writing this,” Tanya Hart, whose husband is Stephanie’s first cousin, wrote on a GoFundMe Page for the family. “We are absolutely devastated by the sudden and tragic deaths of Stephanie, Jon, and Riddick on the evening of Nov. 22.”

Hart told CTV News Toronto money raised on the GoFundMe page would be used to support Rowghan through her recovery.

Highway 7 was closed for several hours on Tuesday night as police documented and reconstructed the crash scene.

Police have not released any further details about the victims or said what caused the crash.


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