A 31-year-old mother and her two-year-old son were killed following a two-vehicle collision in Mississauga overnight, which also left the family’s 33-year-old father fighting for his life in hospital.
Emergency crews responded to a call around 2 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Mavis Road and Burnhamthorpe Road.
Peel paramedics said the woman and child were pronounced dead at the scene. The third occupant of the vehicle, the woman’s husband, was transported to hospital in life-threatening condition.
“The suspect vehicle was going northbound, they are coming through the intersection,” Const. Danny Marttini said.
“The other vehicle is going eastbound and they collided in the intersection. Who has the green? Again, we haven’t been able to figure that out yet.”
Police said the 18-year-old driver of the other car was taken to hospital where he’s being treated for serious injuries.
“We have the driver of the vehicle that actually drove into them. They are also in hospital. We are looking at several potential different charges,” Marttini said.
“So there’s a lot going on and we don’t want to give too much, in a sense of, we need to find all the pieces before we can lay those charges. There are a lot of different factors at hand right now.”
Police said they are looking at impairment and speed as factors in the crash.
“Again, many moving pieces and once we get potential video footage, witness statements and all those factors, then we’ll know what exactly we’re dealing with,” Marttini said.
Family friends told Global News the victims are Sanket Dogra, his wife Khushboo and son Prakrit.
They said Sanket has been in Canada for the past three years on a work permit. He worked in the information technology field. Khushboo and Prakrit have only been in the country for just under a year. Many of their relatives reside in India and Australia.
Karam Veer Singh, who is Khushboo’s cousin, said he thought of her like a sister. He said they were a happy family that moved here in search of a better life.
Veer Singh said Khushboo was an “awesome person” and a dedicated mother. He said the family is now working on taking the bodies back to India to be buried.
Meanwhile, Veer Singh had a message for the public.
“Anybody who is planning to take a drink and drive, please look at the news today and see how you can change somebody’s life forever just because you had a drink and chose to drive,” he said.
“Just restrain yourself from doing it.”
The intersection was closed to traffic during the morning rush hour and a portion of the afternoon for the police investigation.
–With files from Marianne Dimain