Crash victims new dad, uncle

BETH JOHNSTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

OTTAWA - It will be years before Ali Dzinic -- his life so new it's still being counted in days -- will comprehend the enormity of the loss he suffered Thursday when his father and uncle were killed in a car crash in south Ottawa.

The baby, three months, nine days old, could be heard crying in his Gatineau home yesterday as friends consoled the distraught relatives of the Bosnian brothers.

Senad and Hakija Dzinic, 31 and 25 respectively, were on their way to work as stone masons for Gem Campbell Terrazzo and Tile Inc. at 6:40 a.m. Thursday when Senad lost control of his Honda Civic and slid into the path of an oncoming Jeep Cherokee on Lester Rd.

The Jeep struck the side of the car, killing Hakija instantly. Senad died later in hospital.

INSTALLING COUNTERTOPS

The brothers, who both lived in Gatineau -- Senad with his wife Jasmina and infant son, and Hakija with his girlfriend Amela Suljic -- had been installing and building marble countertops for about a year. Senad got the job first, then hired Hakija.

Senad picked up his younger brother at his apartment at 6 a.m. Thursday. They were five minutes from work when they were struck. The couple in the Jeep -- a 47-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man -- are in stable condition.

The Dzinics came to Canada with their mother in 1997 as refugees after the war.

SWIM IN THE LAKE

They loved to listen to music from "ex-Yugoslavia," swim in the lakes in the summer and play cards, close family friend Dijana Petrovic said yesterday.

"They were really good guys. Really good. They would never hurt anyone."

For the past three months, Senad had been smitten with his first-born child.

"Everything was about his little boy," Petrovic said.

"He always talked about how he would raise him to be a good man."

Police knocked on Jasmina Dzinic's door Thursday to deliver the tragic news. She was at home with the baby, on maternity leave from her job as a dental hygienist in Gatineau.

"It's hard, staying alone, yourself and a baby," Petrovic said, adding the child will keep Jasmina going.

"It's all about him now."

The family is waiting for the brothers' 35-year-old sister Senada to arrive from Europe before they make funeral arrangements. Their father, still living in Bosnia, suffered a heart attack a few months ago and is too ill to travel.

There was nothing remarkable about that cloudy January day, Petrovic said.

"It was just a regular day at work. Makes you think about life, doesn't it?"


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