BRAMPTON – Officers with the Peel Regional Police Major Collision Bureau are seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of themotor vehicle collision that claimed the lives of four people. The collision occurred on Thanksgiving Monday, October 10, 2016 at approximately 8:40pm on Bovaird Drive west of Gillingham Street in the City of Brampton.
Investigators have confirmed that Calisto Mendonca, was operating a 1998 Pontiac Trans Am, at an extremely high rate of speed westbound on Bovaird Drive just prior to the collision. Video retrieved in proximity to the collision scene has confirmed that a second vehicle was also travelling westbound beside Mendonca’s vehicle at a similar rate of speed and evidence suggests that the two vehicles were racing.
As the two vehicles encountered other traffic, Mendonca abruptly changed lanes at which point he lost control and crossed into oncoming lanes of traffic. He collided with a vehicle which was being operated by Brian McGinnis. The violent impact resulted in a large car fire. All occupants of both vehicles, Brian McGinnis (24), Lauren Bouchard (22), Michelle Bouchard (16) and Calisto Mendonca (49) lost their lives tragically as a result of the collision.
Investigators would like to speak to anyone who may have observed or have video footage of the Pontiac Trans Am and the second unidentified vehicle travelling westbound on Bovaird Drive at any time prior to the collision.
Staff Sergeant Carty, of the Major Collision Bureau stated, “It is very likely that the other driver involved is aware of this collision. Our investigators would like to speak with that driver.”
In 2016, 27 people have died as a result of 22 collisions in Brampton and Mississauga. Peel Regional Police are committed to road safety as their highest priority.
Anyone with information concerning this collision is asked to contact investigators with the Major Collision Bureau at 905 453-2121 Ext 3710. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip. – CINEWS