death on the strip

I was thinking that the Robertson Pedestrian Gauntlet was the most dangerous spot along Old Robertson Road in Westcliffe, but the most recent casualty was a 28-year-old car driver who smashed into a Hakim sign around 1 a.m. last night.

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14 Responses to death on the strip

  1. ottawaowl says:

    Doug strolled down the hill and got a shot of the sign.

  2. ottawaowl says:

    The sign has been removed, replaced with a couple of pylons and some poignant offerings.

    The 28-year-old victim lived in Westcliffe, near the intersection where the accident took place. He had 8 children.

  3. That is sad news. I drove past the sign this morning and saw that it had been damaged but had no idea what happened.

    – Let’s hope that something positive comes out of this tragic accident, so that no one else dies on the strip (motorists, cyclists or pedestrians).

    Maybe the Bells Corners community could do something to support the family in their time of need?

    the Accord’s steering wheel

  4. TonyL1 says:

    Craig, the “the Accord’s steering wheel” is a stock CJOH/CTV pic – it’s been used for months.
    PS, you don’t need to post this msg – just letting ya know.

    – Thanks. Family members told me that he was driving an Accord, so I just assumed that it was a legit photo taken by the CTV cameraman who lives in Bells Corners.

    We were standing around talking and shaking our heads trying to figure out what went wrong. I said “was it a Toyota?” (thinking of the accelerator problems that tarnished their reputation) and I was told that he was driving an Accord.

    If anyone’s wondering, I identified myself as the “Bells Corners blogger” and asked the family members on the scene if it was okay to report on what they told me, and they gave me explicit permission, saying that “everything will soon be on Facebook” anyway.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is that right, 28 and 8 children?

    – That’s what I was told by someone who would know.

  6. ottawaowl says:

    three-man crew removing the sign

  7. ottawaowl says:

    more details on the accident victim in the Citizen

  8. wanderer says:

    Just tragic, any way you look at it. So young to die, and leaving so many dependents. I heard that there was a place to donate for the family, but don’t know where. Can anyone fill me in?

  9. TonyL1 says:

    Wanderer, I too looked. In the Citizen all it says is “In memory of Sean, donations to Gervais Pappas Family in care of Tracey Gervais would be appreciated” in the obituary.

    But it doesn’t say how or where to do this, nor does the obit from Cole Funeral Services.

    A truly tragic event.

    – Maybe his Facebook site provides more info.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is Tracey, Sean’s fiancée.

    He had 8 children and 2 stepchildren raised as his own.

    In total he had 10 children.

    Yes, we live 2 blocks from the accident scene.

    Sean was speeding down Robertson Rd., not wearing his seatbelt, driving a car that didn’t belong to him and, yes, alcohol was involved.

    He clipped the snow bank, lost control of the car and hit the sign.

    I put up a cross on the corner on Apr. 16 marking two months since we lost him – the kids and I look after it.

    I need to make peace with the corner someway, somehow.

    I found this blog by googling Robertson and Westcliffe… lots of pictures… lots of emotions.

    Not-so-nice articles have been written about Sean since he has passed. He was a good person and he was making changes to his life to better himself, for his family and for all of his children.

    He is greatly missed. Not a day goes by that he is not talked about, or thought of.

    R.I.P Sean Pappas xo

  11. ottawaowl says:

    A bicycle has collided with a light standard on Lloyd Francis Boulevard in Bells Corners. Best to avoid the area.

  12. fed up says:

    The unfortunate young man died because of: stupid phone phreaks,macho truck drivers, women putting on make-up, eating at the wheel, red-light runners and speeders.And for what purpose?

    Right after a snowstorm they drive as though it were spring. The world is too fast paced, and we’re all suffering for it. But then again, that’s progress! My heart goes out to his family.

    – Only one car was involved in this late-night accident – another reminder that speeding/partying/inattention can have very tragic results.

  13. Dave Mc. says:

    Uhhh this accident happened over two years ago and you’re commenting now?
    And it’s quite clear in the article what the cause was. I understand your “rant” is a way to release some frustration but you may want to be a little more selective as to what articles you comment on. I highly doubt the family want to dredge it up all over again, especially when your assertions are completely irrelevant to the original posted facts.

    – It was borderline but there has to be a REALLY good reason before I’ll censure anything on this blog.
    I included this guy’s rant because I’ve talked to members of the family who welcome some continued publicity of the incident to
    a) keep Sean’s memory alive
    b) draw attention to the details of the incident as a reminder to others of the dangers inherent in driving

  14. Dave Mc. says:

    True enough. This accident (and many others at that intersection) took place about a 60-second walk from my front door. I think of Mr. Pappas’ accident often.

    Fed Up’s right, though. Some people’s driving skills, especially in winter, make my head spin.

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