Funeral for young Niagara Falls woman killed in pileup on QEW
The funeral for a young Niagara Falls woman killed last weekend on the QEW will be held on Monday, although we are still waiting details of the arrangements.
22-year old Nicole Turcotte died Saturday night in a 5-vehicle pile-up that authorities say happened as a result of 'road rage.'
Investigators with the OPP believe a car heading eastbound through Mississauga made a sudden move into the left lane, cutting off a line of vehicles.
Allegations are the driver, who witnesses claim was in a dark car that resembles a Honda Civic, slammed on the brakes in a manoeuver commonly called a 'brake check.'
Police call it an example of aggressive driving.
What unfolded next was a chain-reaction crash, with a pick-up truck that was at the end of the pack of vehicles colliding with Turcotte's car.
A total of 7 people were hurt, including the Humber College student's boyfriend, and her sister, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Police believe the dark car sped away.
No arrests have been made, but authorities are looking to speak with a transport truck driver they believe might have watched the crash happen.
Turcotte's cousin, Brandy Sommer Wood, started an online fundraiser this week to help with the cost of the funeral.
As of this morning, the GoFundMe account had already collected more than $10,000 of its $15,000 goal.
"It's amazing," says Sommer Wood of the generosity offered by friends and complete strangers.
Sommer Wood says she hopes that the driver of the dark car steps forward and goes to the police.
"It might have been a moment of anger and a lapse in judgment but you need to take responsibility," she says.
"They know what they did that night, slamming the brakes on in the middle of the highway, they killed her, essentially."