Girl killed in weekend crash in Otterville identified
A nine-year-old girl killed in a weekend collision involving a car and farm equipment has been identified as Ainsley Swance.
Her uncle John Price says "She was brilliant. She liked dance. She did everything, church, she was good in school. Just a smiley young girl."
Shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday a westbound Mazda 3 car and an eastbound Terra-Gator fertilizer sprayer crashed on Main Street near Dover Street in Otterville.
Witnesses tells CTV News the car had just pulled out of a driveway and was attempting to make a left turn at the time of the collision.
The tire of the sprayer appeared to have crushed the roof of the car. The young girl who was killed was sitting in the front passenger seat.
The woman driving the car and three other children in the backseat of the car were treated in hospital in Tillsonburg for minor injuries. The driver of the sprayer was not hurt.
The crash has left the small community of Otterville in shock.
Resident Wanda Scott believes the tragedy could have been prevented, and says she approached officials about making the intersection a four-way stop years ago.
"I was just livid to think that's the corner that it was."
Police aren't saying speed was a factor, but residents are concerned that many vehicles continue through the small town at highway speeds.
While Scott has been assured the issue will be raised at county council, she says the focus now is on the terrible loss.
"Anyone who loses a child, a grandchild, whatever, it's just devastating. There's no words to be able to express it, my heard goes out to the family."
At Emily Stowe Public School a Tragic Events Response Team from the school board spent the day trying to help staff and students deal with the loss.