7:30 p.m., Feb. 22)
father, teenage son killed in head on collision near Perth
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans man and his 16-year-old son were killed in a head
on collision on Hwy. 7 near Perth this morning in an accident
that was likely caused by black ice.
David Duffy, 47, and his son Thomas were travelling west
in a minivan with Thomas' brother Eric Duffy, 10, and
a 57-year-old male friend, when the vehicle crossed the
centre line shortly before 7:30 a.m. and collided head
on with a minivan travelling eastbound.
driver of the second minivan, identified as Karen Thompson,
39 of Mountain Grove, was also killed in the accident.
The 10-year-old boy and the male passenger, identified
as Steve Hambling, 53 of Ottawa, were airlifted to CHEO
and the Ottawa Civic respectively with undisclosed injuries.
Both are reported to be in serious condition.
was employed by the City of Ottawa as the program director
at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre. He was also
the president of Fortune Freestyle, a freestyle skiing
club at Camp Fortune.
Proulx worked with Duffy at the Community Centre. She
describes him as an avid skier and a dedicated family
was a wonderful father. He loved spending time with his
kids skiing every weekend in the winter and water ramping
and trampolining in the summer," says Proulx. "He
will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him."
Duffy was an up-and-coming freestyle skier who received
an Ottawa Sports Award at last year's Ottawa Sports Awards
dinner. He was also a popular Grade 10 student at École
secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde.
to his Facebook page, one of Thomas' favourite athletes
was freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died last month as
a result of injuries she suffered during a training run.
Eric is also a freestyle skier. A third child, Victoria,
skis slalom and is an instructor at Camp Fortune.
and his two sons were on their way to a National Competition
near Toronto when the accident happened. Road conditions
in the area were reported to be slick with patches of
black ice. In an interview with the Ottawa Sun,
Frontenac News editor Jeff Green described the section
of road the accident occurred as "dangerous".
crash happened 20 km west of Perth on a curve with Silver
Lake on one side and a rock cut on the other. Green suspects
runoff from the rock cut may have frozen on the asphalt
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