Peterborough crash victims were from the same family

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A mother, father and son were among the four killed in Tuesday’s head-on crash just east of Peterborough, Ont., which also sent their daughter to hospital in critical condition.

Family told CTV News Toronto that three of those killed in the crash were Stefphanie MacHart, Jon MacHart and their 18-year-old son Riddick MacHart.

Their 14-year-old daughter Rowghan MacHart was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in critical condition, the family said.

The identity of the fourth deceased victim has not been confirmed.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police, the accident happened on Highway 7 near Drummond Line around 5:15 p.m., when an SUV and a pick-up truck collided.

A letter sent to parents per Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School Principal Debbie Callahan said Wednesday that it is “with deep sadness” to announce the death of a student and staff member from the MacHart family.

Stefphanie MacHart, Rowghan MacHart, Jon MacHart and Riddick MacHart are seen in this undated photo. (GoFundMe)

“You may have heard of a serious vehicle collision just east of Peterborough,” Callahan wrote in the letter. “We have learned that an entire family, the MacHart (Hart & MacDonnell) family, has been deeply affected by this terrible accident, including the death of a student at our school and both parents, one of whom is also a Thomas A Stewart employee. Another family member was involved, also a student at our school, and they were airlifted to hospital.”

CTV News Toronto has learned that Stefphanie MacHart was an educational assistant at the school.

“Our school community is shocked and grieving as we struggle to process this difficult news, and we understand that this will have an immediate and significant impact on our students, staff and families,” Callahan said in the letter.

Callahan said counselors will remain at the school for students “as long as necessary.”

A stretch of highway near Peterborough, Ont. where four people were killed in a head-on collision is seen here on November 23, 2022. (CTV News Toronto/Harrison Perkins)

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we write this,” Tanya Hart, whose husband is Stephanie’s first cousin, wrote on a GoFundMe page for the family. “We are completely devastated by the sudden and tragic deaths of Stefphanie, Jon and Riddick on the evening of November 22nd.”

Hart told CTV News Toronto money raised on GoFundMe page would be used to support Rowghan through her recovery.

Motorway 7 was closed on Tuesday evening for several hours as the police documented and reconstructed the accident scene.

Police have not released further details about the victims or what caused the crash.

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