Community comes to aid of grieving family
Mt. Brydges teen killed in crash that also injured her father
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
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.