Sunday, January 26, 2020

Dresden parents killed in weekend crash

Tragedy struck on the weekend on Longwoods Road in the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex.

Khaldoun El-Rifai, 48, and Rabia Sayour, 26, who lived in Dresden, were killed in a head-on crash at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.

The couples three young children (ages one, two and four) were also injured in the crash.

They are currently recovering in a London hospital.

The funeral for El-Rifai and Sayour was held on Tuesday at the London Muslim Mosque.

The owners of Dutton Variety and Gas Bar, who were related to the couple, launched a GoFundMe campaign in response to the tragedy.

“A London nonprofit organization will be covering some of the
funeral costs, but we’re kindly requesting that the community help out,” the GoFundMe campaign page stated.

“If any of you are interested in supporting these orphaned children, please do so in this GoFundMe. All proceeds will go directly to the family. We will continue collecting for a few weeks, raising as much as we can as a community. These children will have ongoing needs so every little bit will help.”

The campaign has raised over $6,000 of the $100,000 goal in one say since being launched.

To donate, click here

OPP responded to the fatal crash on Saturday

OPP officials say on May 25, 2019, at approximately 6:15 p.m., members of the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), OPP’s Technical Collision Investigators, London Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Ornge Air Ambulance and Southwest Middlesex Fire Department responded to a two vehicle collision on Longwoods Road in the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex.

Two individuals, El-Rifai and Sayour, died as a result.

Police officials allege two vehicles travelling in opposite directions on Longwoods Road became involved in a head-on collision.

The investigation has revealed that the vehicle driven by the deceased crossed the line for unknown reasons and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

Four individuals were taken to hospital with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

One individual has been released, three others remain in hospital; however the injuries have been downgraded to minor.

No further details regarding the other involved parties will be released, police say.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

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