Victim of fatal Binbrook crash identified
(Video updated) Friends are identifying the two people killed in the two-car crash near Binbrook overnight.
Friends have told CHCH News that Shawn Bell, 17, of Stoney Creek was the driver of the Mazda Protege who died after his car crashed into a GMC Terrain on Highway 56 just after midnight between Golf Club Road and Guyatt Road. Friends say Bell was last seen leaving a party last night.
Bell died at the scene, while the 42 year old man driving the Terrain died in hospital. A ten year old and two 15 year olds who were also in the Terrain have been taken to McMaster Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.
While police haven’t officially determined the cause of the crash yet, friends say the driver of the other car involved had been drinking last night before he left a party.
A small memorial to 17-year old Shawn Bell quickly went up at the crash scene. All day his friends arrived. Some were emotional, others angry. Many were hugging and signing a book of messages that had been left behind, and while they say Bell lit up every room he entered, he had been drinking heavily before heading home to Stoney Creek last night.
Connor Lahie, Bell’s friend, says, “It got late, and he thought it was a good idea to go home, and we told him that it wasn’t a good idea… we said you’re too intoxicated, you need to stay, and he said no, like I’m leaving… and my friend’s like ‘you know how bad I’m going to if I just let you go right now,’ and he gives her a hug and says ‘nothing’s going to happen, I promise.’”
The 42 year old man who died in the crash has been identified as Steve Last. According to Last’s family, he was soon to be re-married and was a father of three. Last was apparently on his way home from Canada’s Wonderland with two of his daughters, and their friend, when the crash occurred.
Steve’s brother Jeff says, “they had just called his fiancée at 10 and said they were just leaving the parking lot at Wonderland… she woke up at 1:30 and they weren’t home yet, and she said to me, she knew something was wrong.” Jeff goes on to say, “It’s been horrible. I just want to wake up from it.”
Sean Leathong joined us from the scene of the crash with more.