Student, parents among four who died in highway crash, school officials say

The principal of a school in the Peterborough region says a student and his parents were among four people who died in a highway crash this week.

Deb Callahan, the principal at the Thomas A Stewart Secondary School, says in a letter that the school community is "shocked and grieving" the death of the student and his parents, one of whom was a school employee.

She says another member of the family was also a student at the school and was airlifted to hospital after the crash.

Provincial police have said the crash between a pickup truck and a SUV took place on Tuesday afternoon on Highway 7 near Drummond Line.

They've identified three SUV occupants who died as 18-year-old Riddick Hart, 46-year-old Jonathan MacDonnell, and 52-year-old Stephanie Hart, while the pickup driver who died has been identified as 42-year-old Jason Schmidt.

Rita Russo, the director of education at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, says in a letter to families that the board has sought the support of mental health clinicians for students and staff in light of the tragedy.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2022.

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