A longtime doctor at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay was killed in a collision in Durham region on Wednesday evening.
Dr. Ali Al-Beer, 49, of Oshawa, an orthopedic surgeon, was identified as the victim of a two-vehicle collision in Clarington around 5 p.m. He was driving home from work when the collision occurred.
Dr. Al-Beer was the hospital’s former chief of surgery after joining the team in August 2011. He recently completed his term as chief, the hospital noted.
In a statement issued Thursday, Dr. Bharat Chawla, Ross Memorial Hospital’s chief of staff, said the entire hospital team is devastated by the loss.
“Dr. Al-Beer was an exceptional orthopedic surgeon – but more than that, he was a good, kind person and a friend to so many here at the Ross,” said Dr. Chawla.
“He was exceptionally talented and was well-respected by his patients and his colleagues. Our thoughts are with Dr. Al-Beer’s family at this difficult time.”
In 2015, Dr. Al-Beer led the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Holiday appeal to fundraise for new anesthesia machines.
“We sincerely appreciate the dedication of Ross Memorial’s team of physicians and staff who are stepping up to ensure Dr. Al-Beer’s patients continue to receive the best care, and to our regional partners who are offering their assistance,” said Chawla.
Durham police say around 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called to a two-vehicle collision on Regional Road 20 near Darlington Manvers Townline Road in Clarington. Police say a large commercial dump truck was travelling eastbound when it lost control and began to jackknife its attached trailer and veered into the westbound lane.
Police say Dr. Al-Beer was extricated from the car and taken to hospital, where he later died of his injuries. The 50-year-old truck driver was not injured.
Police closed the road for several hours as they investigated and are seeking witnesses to the collision.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Const. Brett Rayne of the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5256.
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