Family of siblings killed in Markham crash seek answers


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Suven Poopalasingam, the uncle of the two who died – Pateeran Puvanendran, 21, and Neluxsana Puvanendran, 23 – told CBC Toronto the family knows “it won’t replace anything. But we want some kind of justice, to make sure it doesn’t happen to other kids.

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Poopalasingam is currently arranging the funerals of Pateerana, a Wilfrid Laurier University student who died on his birthday, and Neluxsana, a student of George Brown.

Dash cam video posted to social media, which the Toronto Sun has chosen not to post online, shows the truck dismantling a car at the intersection of Markham Rd. and Elson St., north of Steeles Ave. E., around 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

York Regional Police say the 46-year-old driver of the truck was uninjured and remained at the scene.

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No charges were laid on Saturday.

Investigators are urging anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward if they haven’t already spoken to police.


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The driver of the Acura was Pateeran while Neluxsana sat next to him.

Their mother, Srirathy Shanmuganathan, 52, was also a passenger and remains in hospital in critical condition.

« When she wakes up, she’s definitely going to ask me, ‘Where are my kids? ‘” Poopalasingam told CBC Toronto.

« I have to tell her, ‘That’s what happened’, and I want to see if she can make it to the funeral. I’m just waiting for her to wake up. In the end, it doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong. What matters is what’s left. »

Thurga Sarveswaran, a cousin of the deceased, told CBC Toronto she was struggling to come to terms with their passing.

« I think it’s just for me, I just don’t believe it, » she said.


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As for their mother, Sarveswaran explained, « (The hospital) said she was better, her vital signs are improving. »

Police would like to speak to anyone who has seen either vehicle or has information about driving behavior prior to the collision.

Anyone with information regarding this fatal accident is asked to call the Major Collision Investigation Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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