Young mother killed in high-speed crash

Nicole Quinn-Ignagni baby daughter Jayden. Quinn-Ignagni was the victim in a fatal car crash in...

Nicole Quinn-Ignagni baby daughter Jayden. Quinn-Ignagni was the victim in a fatal car crash in Toronto. (HO)

ROB LAMBERTI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

TORONTO - The hydro pole was replaced and the twisted sports car was towed away on a Toronto Police flatbed truck.

But the pain of the death of 19-year-old Nicole Quinn-Ignagni, the mother of a young girl, lingered.

Debbie Byrne, whose daughter, Leanne, attended Notre Dame high school with Nicole, couldn't hide her sadness as she looked upon the scene on Pharmacy Ave., south of St. Clair Ave.

"She was a good girl," Byrne said of Quinn-Ignagni. "Responsible."

Quinn-Ignani was in the back seat of the Eagle Talon while her boyfriend sat in the front passenger seat. Beside her was a 15-year-old girl whose 18-year-old boyfriend was driving -- Toronto Police allege -- without a licence.

Quinn-Ignani and the other girl in the back seat were ejected after hitting the pole early Thursday. Police believe they were not wearing seatbelts.

She was found on the sidewalk by emergency crews while her boyfriend was found in the trunk with broken ribs, a fractured tailbone and broken vertebrae.

The younger girl and the alleged car driver fled the scene. They were found later in hospital, where the man was arrested.

Just before the crash, Quinn-Ignagni's brother John called her from a car behind them, asking her to tell the driver to slow down, said her uncle, who didn't want to be identified. He doesn't know if the message was passed on.

Traffic Sgt. Tim Burrows said investigators believe the car was travelling at a high rate of speed.

Quinn-Ignagni moved to a Pharmacy Ave. highrise about a year ago with her daughter, Jayden, about 18 months old.

Byrne said she intended on restarting her education: "She wanted to get her life back on track, go back to school. I don't think she finished Grade 12 because of the baby. She was responsible in that way."

Close friend Heather MacDonald said Quinn-Ignagni was in school and doing well.

"Everybody loves her," she said. "Nobody could say anything bad about her."

MacDonald said Jayden is now with her grandmother.

Donald "D.J." LePage, 18, is charged with various driving offences.


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