Red Hill crash victims identified


(Updated) We now know more about the victims of last night’s horrific crash on Hamilton’s Red Hill Valley Parkway.

Friends are identifying the two women as Olivia Smosarski and Jordyn Hastings of Ancaster. The two were very close friends.

Jordyn is on the left with blond hair and Olivia on the right with brown hair. There has been an outpouring of support on social media with friends saying ‘rest in peace’. Olivia was 19 and went to Bishop Tonnos Secondary School; Jordyn was between 19 and 20 years old and went to St Thomas More; they graduated in 2013.

Hamilton Police say the crash happened just before 11:30 last night. The Mazda with the two young women was travelling north on the Red Hill when it veered across the median and into the southbound lanes.

The car was struck by a minivan and the two women were pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the minivan was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Police closed the highway until just before 7 this morning while the reconstruction team investigated.

Hamilton Police have not said if there are any external factors which may have contributed to this crash, and that they are still investigating. They are asking any witnesses to call them at 905-546-4755.

Inset image source: Facebook

Editor’s note: We incorrectly noted that Jordyn went to Bishop Tonnos Secondary School; this has been corrected.


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mark says:

To the Mayor an City Counsel:
I am deeply saddened to hear of yet another needless death on the Red Hill this morning.
The negligent design of these highways continues to amaze me… especially when a relatively minor modification could save so many lives!
How many more of us need to die before a barrier is constructed down the middle?
How many more otherwise minor accidents have to be fatal because someone slides over to the other side once their car hits the slippery grass/mud?
For all the families that have been devestated; For all of the families who will be next; For so many of us who live in Hamilton and use these highways every day – please make the construction of barriers your number one priority for this city!

Whitewitch01 says:

Hear Marks words!… he seems to know the problems with the road there…. do something about it before>>> as he says!!!

jenhill2014 says:

Such beautiful young women to die so tragically in a car wreck is so heartbreaking… The Red Hill is dangerous.. so sad for Olivia’s and Jordyn’s family and their many, many friends. Gone way too soon… much love to all of the lives you have made brighter and better… many.. many