July 17, 2017 10:05 am
Updated: July 17, 2017 7:32 pm

Toronto paramedic among 2 killed after weekend crash in Haliburton

WATCH ABOVE: OPP are investigating a fatal collision in Haliburton County over the weekend after a vehicle slammed into a group of motorcyclists and killed two people. Catherine McDonald reports.


A multi-vehicle crash involving a vehicle and a group of motorcyclists claimed the lives of a Toronto paramedic and his partner over the weekend in Haliburton County.

Ontario Provincial Police said the collision happened on Saturday, July 15 around 5 p.m. when a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 118 crossed the centre line and struck four of seven motorcycles going westbound.

The incident took place between Trappers Trail and Essonville Line in Highlands East Township.

Two people riding on one of the motorcycles were pronounced dead at the scene and two others were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The victims have been identified by friends and family as George Eliadis and Shari Keyes-Williams. Eliadis was a deputy commander with Toronto Paramedic Services.

“He’s a larger than life fellow. A wonderful human being as well as a consummate professional paramedic. He’s always willing to help out,” Toronto Paramedic Services spokesperson Kim McKinnon said.

“George was a very senior person in charge of many of the premiere events in the City of Toronto. If you look under Pan Am Games, or Pride, or special operations, or working with Toronto police or Fire, he would have been integrally involved over the 27 years he worked here.”

There’s no word yet if the driver of the vehicle will face any charges.

Anyone with any information on the crash is asked to contact the Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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