Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Toronto university TA strike continues

Western receives $10 M gift from city

Holiday crash claims life of student

Millennium scholarships awarded provincewide

Y2K goes off without a hitch

Western researchers prove what Bond knew all along

BAss Ackwards

Holiday crash claims life of student

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

A Western student, killed in a multi-car collision over the holidays, will be remembered at a memorial ceremony next week.

Patricia Boucher, a 20 year-old French exchange student, died as a result of injuries sustained in a Dec. 26 collision on Hwy. 403, West of Cawthra Road in Mississauga, said Brian Hackett, a media relations officer for the Port Credit Ontario Provincial Police.

The accident occurred when a car heading westbound veered into oncoming traffic, colliding with four cars, Hackett said. Five other people were also injured in the incident.

Boucher was transported to St. Michael's hospital in Toronto, where she died of a head injury two days later, he added.

Two charges have been laid in the incident, Beckett said. The driver of the car which crossed the centre line has been charged with criminal negligence causing death. The driver of a sixth car, also heading westbound, has been charged with failure to remain at the scene, after he fled the area. The two men proceeded with bail hearings on Monday and are now awaiting trial.

Sheila Brygadyr, registrar and co-ordinator for the exchange program at Huron College, said a memorial service for Boucher will be held at noon Tuesday, Jan. 18 at the Huron College chapel. She added a service was also held in Toronto last Tuesday.

Neil Brooks, an English professor who taught Boucher, said she was an excellent student who made many friends in the four months she attended Western. "I just had a sense of overwhelming tragedy and loss," he said.

Brygadyr said Boucher's parents, who flew over from France, decided to donate her organs and bring her remains back home. "It was somewhat ironic because she died on the same day that the cross blew off the chapel here [in London]," she said.

Jef Clarke, a fourth-year English student and friend of Boucher's said he was extremely saddened by her passing. "She was the kind of person against whom you could measure your worth because if she called you a friend, there must be something good about you."

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