The unofficial kick-off to summer proved to be deadly in Southwestern Ontario.
Six people lost their lives over the long weekend, including one woman who was killed in a house fire.
The body of 37-year-old Emily Ugarenko was recovered by fire crews after they managed to extinguish a blaze at a rural home in Iona Station, southwest of London, early Saturday morning.
Investigators haven’t determined a cause for the fire, but there’s no evidence of foul play.
An 18-year-old from Chatham was also killed early Saturday morning in a single vehicle crash in Charing Cross.
According to Police, the vehicle with four youths inside was travelling at a high rate of speed when it left the road, crashed through a fence, and struck a snow blower.
18-year-old Joshua Clinton Josiah Baylis of Chatham died in the crash, while the other passengers were treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
A 17-year-old male has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide a breath sample.
Hours later, on Saturday afternoon, two women riding a motorcycle were killed in a collision with a vehicle in Haldimand County east of Simcoe.
The 46-year-old motorcycle driver and her 49-year-old passenger, both from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, were thrown from the bike and died of their injuries colliding with a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 6 and Regional Road 70.
The 68-year-old woman from Hamilton driving the vehicle suffered minor injuries.
A pedestrian was struck and killed on Sunday by a CN train on a rail line in Plympton-Wyoming. Few details have been released surrounding the incident, including the victim’s identity.
Most recently, at 3:15a.m. Tuesday, an unidentified person was killed after a Ford Focus being driven by a 19-year-old Norfolk County man lost control and collided with a tree in the County of Brant.
The passenger in the Ford Focus whose name cannot be released pending notification of next of kin was pronounced dead at the scene.
OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators have been deployed to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Highway #53 remains closed between the Sixth Concession Road and Middletown Line Road in the County of Brant for the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.