A 32-year-old man charged in connection with “an absolutely horrific crash” in Mississauga, which killed a 22-year-old woman, was released on $52,000 bail Thursday afternoon.
Yasir Baig of Mississauga turned himself in to police late Wednesday evening. He faces four charges:
- Dangerous driving causing death.
- Dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
- Failure to remain at the scene of a collision causing death.
- Failure to remain at the scene of a collision causing bodily harm.
The Jan. 27 crash on the QEW east of Cawthra Road claimed the life of Nicole Turcotte and left a 19-year-old woman in critical condition. Five others were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Turcotte’s cousin Brandy Sommer Wood said she was “so angry” after Thursday’s bail hearing.
“I know that’s part of grieving,” she said. “I wanted [Baig] to look at me just for a moment.”
Sommer Wood said hearing Turcotte’s name in court made it “that much more real.”
“I just can’t imagine how this is going to get any better,” Sommer Wood said. “He’s getting to go home.”
In the days following the collision, police said six vehicles were involved and that it appeared to have been caused by an incident of road rage on the part of one of the drivers.
Nicole Turcotte, 22, of Niagara Falls, died in the multi-vehicle crash on the QEW just east of Cawthra Road, Saturday night, Jan. 27. A 19-year-old woman who was a passenger in Turcotte’s car, remains in hospital in critical condition.
Five other people sustained minor injuries.
Police are saying the road rage incident didn’t even involve any of the multiple victims.
Schmidt said the suspect car was reportedly in the middle lanes of traffic when it moved into the left lane in front of the first of the five victim vehicles just after 10 p.m. The driver then “brake checked” the lead driver, he said, forcing them to slow down, causing the chain-reaction collision.
That sudden slowdown caused the multi-vehicle collision, and four vehicles back, a pickup truck hit a car carrying Turcotte.
“As a result of those actions, we now have this tragedy that was 100 per cent preventable,” Schmidt said. “It should not have happened.”