Beer bottles strewn at vehicle crash site!

Alcohol may have played a part in Aurora collision that injured nine

This story originally appeared in the Toronto Star July 21,1996

A car accident site where nine people were injured, several seriously, was strewn with broken beer bottles, police say.

Ontario Provincial Police said it looked like a bomb had dropped in the middle of the road where two cars collided in Aurora early yesterday morning.

Most of the injured were teenagers and it appeared that many involved in the accident had been drinking, police said.

The crash occurred just after midnight on Highway 48, just north of Major Mackenzie Dr.

Aurora OPP said a northbound Acura Integra driven by Michael Wallace, 21 of Willowdale, was attempting a three-point turn when it collided with a southbound Plymouth Reliant driven by Christopher McLean, 19 of Markham.

Wallace was taken to hospital with internal injuries and McLean was airlifted to Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.

The seven passengers in the two cars also were injured and taken to hospital.

The Acura was hit on the passeger side and its three passengers had to be pulled out by the Markham Fire Department.

Robert Cleary, 18, of Willowdale and Osmond Nemhard, 32, of Scarborough were taken to Sunnybrook Health Science Centre where they are listed in critical condition.

Shaun Baily of Willowdale, also in the Acura, was taken to Scarborough Centenary Hospital where he is in stable condition.

The four passengers in the other car were taken to Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Andrew Briers, 18, and Ryan Whitehead, 19, both of Markham were treated and released, but two seriously injured passengers were transferred to other hospitals.

Jill Fraser, 16, of Markham is in Wellesley Hospital with serious injuries, and Renee Ford, also 16, was airlifted to the Hospital for Sick Children with serious injuries.

Whitehead, who suffered a broken ankle, said he couldn't remember much after the accident.

" I just crawled over to the curb, and probably passed out, " he said.

The five in the Reliant, who knew each other from Markham District High School, were returning from a small party at a friend's house, Whitehead said.

The road was closed for about four hours.

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