Com­mu­nity comes to aid of griev­ing fam­ily

Mt. Bry­dges teen killed in crash that also in­jured her fa­ther

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS - ME­GAN STACEY POST­MEDIA NEWS

A tight-knit com­mu­nity is ral­ly­ing around a Mt. Bry­dges fam­ily fol­low­ing a crash that killed a 13-year-old girl and in­jured her fa­ther.

Avery Ker­naghan died in hos­pi­tal af­ter the crash Satur­day on Glen­don Drive south of High­way 402. She was a pas­sen­ger in a car be­ing driven by her fa­ther Dou­glas Ker­naghan, 47.

Ker­naghan was an avid fig­ure skater with the Mt. Bry­dges Magic Blades, a syn­chro­nized skat­ing club coached by her mother Chrissy.

Res­i­dents of Mt. Bry­dges hung fig­ure skates from their mail­boxes to pay trib­ute to Ker­naghan.

A gofundme cam­paign to raise money for the fam­ily was clos­ing in Mon­day on its $30,000 goal.

“Avery was a shin­ing light in this world, who was trag­i­cally taken too early. Her fierce na­ture and con­ta­gious smile, will be em­bed­ded in our mem­o­ries for a life­time,” the post said.

Friends and team­mates posted pho­tos on so­cial me­dia in mem­ory of Ker­naghan, with one calling Satur­day’s col­li­sion “an un­think­able tragedy.”

“Love you for­ever,” one per­son wrote.

“This is to hon­our a young skater taken way too soon,” an­other said.

The crash oc­curred at about 1:30 p.m. Satur­day when the car be­ing driven by Dou­glas Ker­naghan col­lided with an­other ve­hi­cle on Glen­don Drive west of Park­house Drive.

Avery Ker­naghan was flown by am­bu­lance to Lon­don Health Sci­ences Cen­tre where she died. Dou­glas Ker­naghan was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion Mon­day at LHSC.

The crash hap­pened on a wind­ing stretch of Glen­don Drive where a 26-year-old woman was killed last July in a col­li­sion with a truck.

“I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily call it a bad stretch of road. It’s un­for­tu­nate we’ve had sev­eral se­ri­ous col­li­sions in that area,” Const. Mark Thuss of Strathroy-Caradoc po­lice said, adding “the cir­cum­stances in the col­li­sions are to­tally dif­fer­ent.” - The Lon­don Free Press

MOR­RIS LA­MONT/POST­MEDIA NEWS

A pair of white fig­ure skates hang on a mail­box on Ade­laide Street in Mt. Bry­dges on Mon­day in mem­ory of 13-year-old Avery Ker­naghan, who was killed in a car crash Satur­day. Many mail­boxes in the Mt. Bry­dges were adorned with skates be­cause Ker­naghan was a bud­ding fig­ure skater. Her fa­ther Dou­glas re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Avery Ker­naghan

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