Teens killed in Ontario crash remembered

Torry McIntrye-Courville, 18, was driving a Civic involved in a crash on Hwy. 69 Monday that killed...

Torry McIntrye-Courville, 18, was driving a Civic involved in a crash on Hwy. 69 Monday that killed four people, including herself. (Facebook photo)

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Cole Howard lived for his music. Torry McIntyre-Courville was mature for her age. Alyssa McKeown was always smiling and Jessica Chamberland made a great first impression.

These are four of the seven teenagers who lost their lives on Tuesday in two separate car crashes on northern Ontario highways in the past couple of days.

McIntyre-Courville, 18, Howard, 19, both of Sudbury, Chamberland, 18, and McKeown, 17, both of Barrie, died on a flat, icy stretch of highway near Parry Sound, Ont.

Several hours later, on Highway 17 near Hagar, another car crash killed Keegan Melville, 18, of Horton Township, Zabrina Rekowski, 19, of Renfrew and, a day later, Hillary Afelski, 19, of Admaston-Bromely Township, who died of her injuries.

When Kai Kinos was watching a news report on the accident, one thing stood out in his mind. On a snow bank, near the road, lay a packet of cigarettes. Kinos is sure they were Howard's.

"It was kind of a joke thing. How much this guy smoked cigarettes was ridiculous," Kinos, a friend of Howard's, said.

Howard was also a talented drummer and member of Sanctuaries, a Sudbury band.

"He was a really good guy. He was crazy. He lived life to the fullest for sure ... He had no regrets," Kinos said.

"His band was his brotherhood ... He was one of the most driven individuals (I've met)."

Drew DePietro, another friend of Howard's, said his music defined him.

"He took music very seriously. He took his drumming very seriously, which led to him being as talented as he was," he said. "Music was, as far as I'm aware, pretty well everything for him."

Howard was in the car with McIntyre-Courville during the crash, a teenager who loved running and wanted to adopt a puppy.

Sherry Munroe worked with the 18-year-old at a local roadhouse.

"She's a very special person, a very, very good girl," Munroe said. "She's kind hearted, loving ... just a sweetheart."

While Munroe is 58, she could always talk to McIntyre-Courville.

"We had lots of laughs together. She was really fun loving ... she always had something cute to say."

Munroe remembers the teen's love of animals, and her parting words before she left for the holidays.

"The last day she had left, she had said she had grown to love each and every one of us," Munroe said.

Jordyn da Silva, a friend of McKeown's, describes the 17-year-old as kindhearted.

"She always helped out everyone, no matter what," Da Silva said in an e-mail. "Alyssa was the most positive girl I knew and she absolutely did not deserve this. No one does. She had her whole life ahead of her."

All three victims of the Highway 17 crash were Laurentian students and were heading back to school. Laurentian will offer counselling to students affected by the tragedy.


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