Pradeep Guruge’s wife Inoka Athuraliya Liyana Waduge and daughter Savani dropped off him off at the Markham GO station as usual, he kissed them both goodbye but didn’t realize that it would be the last goodbye.
On the way home, the mother and daughter were involved in a two-car collision at 16th Avenue and Bur Oak Avenue. A car on the other side of the road crossed the median and struck their car. The driver of the other vehicle was identified by police as a 28-year-old man who was travelling with a five-and-a-half month old girl; both were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
It happened just after 10 am. Guruge was at work when he got a call from home.
“My other daughter said there is a police officer here. He talked to me and he said there is an accident and he wanted me to come to the hospital.”
When he arrived Guruge says he was told his wife had died. He then went to Sick Kids Hospital, where his daughter had been taken and there he was told she too had died.
The family moved to Markham from Sri Lanka 10 years ago. Inoka stayed home to care for their two kids during the day and worked evenings and weekends at a local McDonald’s.
Savani Guruge had just finished Junior Kindergarten at Black Walnut Public School.
She would have started senior kindergarten next month.
Guruge says a public viewing will be held on Saturday at Chapel Ridge Home on Woodbine between 6 pm to 9 pm.
Pradeep Guruge, a Buddhist says he forgives the other driver as it wasn’t his intention to take the lives of his wife and daughter. – CINEWS