Teen dies in Brant County crash, OPP investigating

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a fatal early-morning crash in Brant County.

Emergency crews were called to the scene on Cockshutt Road just before 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Police say a dark coloured 2004 Honda left the road and struck a hydro pole. OPP shared a photo that showed a badly-damaged vehicle and a snapped hydro pole.

One person was pronounced dead on scene.

The deceased has been identifed by OPP as 19-year-old Quinn Hainer of Ancaster. Police say he was on his way home from work early that morning.

Cockshutt Road from Burtch Road to Indian Line was closed for roughly seven hours, but has since reopened.

Police shared a photo from the scene that showed a badly damaged vehicle and a snapped hydro pole.

“We could see the hydro pole was broken and leaning so they had to take the hydro off,” said Miranda Rienzo, who lives on Cockshutt Road. “We could see flashing lights out the window. It was still fairly dark here between 8:30 and 9 a.m. The power went off.

“We took a walk to the end of the driveway to see what was going on and could just see the flipped over car in the farmer’s field next door. We spoke to police and no one seems to know what happened or what time it happened.”

Rienzo adds that the damage was so bad, they weren’t sure how many vehicles were involved.

“It looked like there were maybe two vehicles in the field because they were fairly far apart,” said Rienzo. “Either it was two vehicles or it was one that was in really bad shape and broke apart.”

According to Rienzo, the stretch on Cockshutt Road has an issue with speeding and drivers .

“It’s really bad,” said Rienzo. “Everyone uses this as a cut through to Waterford and Simcoe and everything. It’s supposed to be a back country road.

“There are days when we can’t get out of our driveway because people are booking it at 120 km/h past here. Myself and my children coming to visit have almost been struck multiple times by people passing us on the left.”

On Sunday, a memorial had sprung up at the scene on Cockshutt Road.

“I find that the traffic here is going way faster than the posted 80 km/h, people on this straight here are passing and going way faster than they should be,” said Vick Silva, who also lives on Cockshutt Road. “There was a crash here probably a couple years ago where someone was signaling to turn around in my driveway and someone was passing and broadsided him and ploughed him halfway up the field.”

Neighbours on the road who spoke to CTV News say either stop signs or a roundabout at Burtch may be helpful.

OPP are appealing for anyone who may have seen something early Saturday between the timeframe of 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.

“The person who located and called in was a passerby,” said Const. Conrad Vitalis with OPP. “We’re looking to nail down the timeframe of the collision. We know he seems to have left work earlier in the morning so we’re trying to narrow it down.”

Police are asking anyone who also has dash camera footage relating to the crash to reach out to them or Crime Stoppers.

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