'We thought we were all alone': Family of dead teen touched by support

Brandon Majewski died after being hit by a car while riding his bike on Oct. 28, 2012.

Brandon Majewski died after being hit by a car while riding his bike on Oct. 28, 2012.

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 PM ET

ALCONA, Ont. — The parents being sued by a motorist who struck and killed their son say they're overwhelmed after receiving an outpouring of support from around the world.

"We are blown away," Derek Majewski said.

Majewski and his family are grieving the loss of Brandon, 17, who was hit while riding his bicycle with his two friends around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2012.

Police say Brandon and his friends were riding their bikes side by side on a dark stretch of road.

One of Brandon's friends was seriously injured in the mishap, while another sustained only scratches.

The woman who struck them, Sharlene Simon, 42, has hired a lawyer to sue the dead boy's family, alleging she suffered emotional trauma as a result of the incident.

Lawyer Michael Ellis, who represents Simon, issued a letter saying his client "has been suicidal, unable to return to her job, and left to seek treatment after treatment to try to cope with her situation.”

Ellis could not be reached for comment.

The Majewski family, meanwhile, have been flooded with e-mails, phone calls and Facebook messages from Australia, Europe, the United States and Canada.

"Now we know we're not alone," said Majewski.

Simon is suing for $1 million for emotional damages, including post-traumatic stress, while her family and husband, Jules, a York Regional Police officer, are suing for $350,000.

The suit claims the boys were negligent in riding their bikes.

Records show Jules Simon was following his wife in separate vehicle when the teens were hit.

South Simcoe Police say the woman blew zero in a roadside test, so no further breathalyser or toxicology tests were needed.

The family is calling for an outside police investigation.


Father Derek Majewski and stepmom Lisa Tessier, in their Alcona home, hold a grad photo of Brandon. (Tracy McLaughlin photo)

 


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