Fundraising campaign started by family of siblings killed in crash

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The family of two children who died after being hit by a car over the weekend has set up a fundraising campaign with the SickKids Foundation.

The campaign had raised nearly $50,000 as of Thursday afternoon, in memory of a 10-year-old girl and her four-year-old brother, who died after they were struck by a car while on their driveway in Vaughan, Ont., on Sunday.

York Regional Police have verified that the campaign is legitimate, after saying earlier in the week that the family was not involved in the creation of a different online fundraiser.

The fundraiser's website identifies the siblings as 10-year-old Anaya and four-year-old Jax, but does not give their last name.

The family has asked for privacy as they grieve, but has offered some information about who their two kids were in life.

They say that Anaya was brave and bright, and loved science and math as much as she loved art, while Jax was free-spirited and adventurous, and liked to roar like his favourite dinosaur.

A teen from Richmond Hill, Ont., has been charged in relation to the crash, which also injured the children's neighbour.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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