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Fatal crash kills Mississauga teen, injures three from Oakville

March 20, 2014

Oakville Beaver

Three Oakville residents, who survived a fatal rollover, which killed a 17-year-old Mississauga teen early Sunday in Milton, remain in serious, but stable condition, Halton police said Tuesday.

The crash occurred at 1:19 a.m. as a Pontiac Grand Am, in which all four were travelling, was headed southbound on Fifth Line, just south of Britannia Road.

Police reported the car flipped over, struck a hydro pole and came to rest in a field.

Police said the 18-year-old driver and two female passengers, ages 19 and 23, all from Oakville, were rushed to nearby trauma centres.

The Mississauga passenger, identified by friends on Facebook as Michael Piekny, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash left two passengers trapped inside the overturned vehicle. They were extricated by Milton firefighters before Halton EMS transported the trio to Milton District Hospital.

There, they were airlifted by Ornge air ambulance to regional trauma centres, including Hamilton General Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Reconstructing a crash

Halton Regional Police Collision Reconstruction Unit spent much of Sunday morning investigating the crash scene.

Milton Hydro was called to the scene to repair a hydro pole that was snapped in the accident while Halton Regional Police Collision Reconstruction Unit investigators continued to collect evidence and take measurements.

Halton police said yesterday, the investigation into what caused the crash is ongoing and no charges have been laid at this time.

Police reported the crash is being probed as a criminal investigation.

Friends hold memorial

Meanwhile dozens of Piekny’s friends gathered at Father Michael Goetz high school in Mississauga, the secondary school Piekny attended, Sunday evening for a memorial honouring his life.

The teen’s younger brother, David Piekny, who attends Bishop Scalabrini Separate School in Mississauga, took to Facebook to thank his big brother’s friends, whom he says are keeping his memory alive.

“Let my brother live on in our hearts,” he says in a posting.

On Monday, debris from where the Pontiac Grand Prix came to rest remained scattered near the shoulder of the road, beside the downed hydro pole.

A memorial of yellow flowers was left at the site, underneath a mangled wire fence that had been torn through by the vehicle.

Investigators in the collision reconstruction unit said over the weekend the car had likely gone out of control when the crash occurred.

Police said they were still determining why the teens were in the area at the time. Investigators said Tuesday they had taken statements from the two women, but couldn’t elaborate on the nature of their injuries.

Praying for survivors

Online friends of the survivors, whose names have not been released, called for their quick recovery and cautioned each other to reserve judgment.

“Everyone please keep a prayer for those who survived the crash and also please keep in mind the driver,” wrote Adam Wietczak in a Facebook post.

“He will probably never be the same after what happened… don’t blame him it wasn’t his fault.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Halton Regional Police Service’s Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905-825-4747, ext. 5065.

— With files from the Milton Canadian Champion, Mississauga News and Toronto Star

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