TORONTO — The man killed by a flying truck tire while driving on Highway 400 near King City, Ont., has been identified as a former CEO with a major Toronto construction firm.
Provincial police say 69-year-old Paul Koenderman, of Burlington, Ont., was killed Wednesday morning when the tire flew off a fully loaded transport truck in the southbound lanes and struck the windshield of his GMC Yukon.
Koenderman was airlifted to hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Koenderman was a former CEO with Aecon Group Inc.’s industrial division, the company confirmed.
“His leadership and contributions leave a lasting legacy in our organization and he will be dearly missed,” President and CEO Teri McKibbon said in a statement.
Police are investigating the collision.
The incident comes after 127 incidents of detached wheels on Ontario roads last year — leading one New Democrat MPP to blame what he called a lack of transport truck inspections by safety officials.
In 1997, 215 flying truck tires were registered but the number of incidents dropped to 47 in 2010.
A blitz targeting transport trucks dubbed “Operation Wheel Check” was launched throughout the province last month.
More in-depth inspections for proper installation and maintenance of truck wheels are reportedly taking place.
More than 1,800 trucks and over 10,000 wheel assemblies have been inspected, according to the ministry.
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