October 3, 2018 8:20 am
Updated: October 4, 2018 5:19 pm

Driver in custody after fatal 2-vehicle crash in Oshawa

WATCH ABOVE: A 24-year-old international student from India is dead after and crash in north Oshawa overnight. A 36-year-old Oshawa man has been charged with impaired driving causing death. Tom Hayes reports.


Police say a 36-year-old man is in custody following a two-vehicle crash that killed a 24-year-old man in Oshawa.

Durham Regional Police said the collision happened just before 2 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Taunton Road and Thornton Road.

Authorities said a black Honda was travelling westbound on Taunton Road when it collided with a silver Honda Civic.

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The driver of the Honda, who friends later identified as Naveen Raj Kumar, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries. He is facing alcohol-related charges.

Raj Kumar came to Canada a few months ago after his father died in India. Friends said his dream was to complete his M.B.A. at Durham College. Raj Kumar also worked two jobs and sent his money back home to support his mother and three siblings.

“He was the sole bread winner for his family after his father had passed away … As far as I know, Naveen was a very studious guy,” Murrari Vikranth told Global News.

Friends have launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to support Kumar’s family.

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Police said an Uber sticker was visible on the widow of the black Honda, but an Uber spokesperson told Global News the driver hadn’t used the service since August and the licence plate is no longer registered to the app.

Authorities are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.

— With files from Tom Hayes

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