Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Boys from Ajax Madresa in a car crash

Inna lillalhi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon.

The boys are from the Jaamiah Ajax , and it happened close to the Madresah. The other two boys with him were 15, they died in the crash.

Here's an article from the Toronto Star

Boy, 14, in fatal crash had own car

November 20, 2007

Staff reporter

The 14-year-old got the 1991 Mazda MX-6 on Friday.

Excited but careful to keep it a secret from his family, he drove it up to his private school in rural Ajax to show off to his buddies on Saturday night.

The next morning, he returned to pick up two friends. Speeding down Audley Rd., he crashed the car moments later, killing both 15-year-olds less than a kilometre from their school.

That's the tragic story of an Ajax boy and two schoolmates at Jaamiah Ajax, according to his family and school administrators. The exclusive school of about 80 students is described on its website as a"world-class Islamic institute."

The boy's sister said the family had no idea he had a car or where he got it.

"It was a big surprise to all of us. Someone gave him the car and we're trying to find out who."

She said she didn't know who, if anyone, might have taught him to drive.

The car left the road, rolled several times and landed in a horse paddock just before 10 a.m. Sunday. One 15-year-old, who was from Etobicoke, was ejected. The other, from Laval, Que., had to be cut out of the car, according to witnesses. Both were students who resided at the school, which teaches Islamic studies and academic subjects.

A 14-year-old, who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, has been charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death.

"He came here twice Saturday night, saying he just got the car Friday night. I thought he was 16. If I had known (he was 14), I would have stopped him right there and called his parents," Atif Din, general administrator of school, said yesterday.

"We thought for sure his parents had given him money to buy a car," said Abdul Waheed, an administrator and teacher at Jaamiah Ajax, north of Taunton Rd. "When I called his father Sunday morning to tell him about the accident, he said `what car was he driving?' He didn't know he had a car."

Din said students who live in residence need permission to leave the property, but the 15-year-olds left the school undetected Sunday. The 14-year-old has been a day student at the school for two years.

According to Din, the school, which is set on open land, was founded in 1991 and is open to boys 12 and older, including international students. Its main aim is to turn out young men with high morals, founder and principal Mufti Abdul Majid Khan told the Star in an interview two years ago.

"Fee is not a criteria," says a flyer in the two-storey building's modestly furnished waiting lounge.

Police yesterday confirmed the Mazda belonged to the driver but is registered to someone else.

"We have evidence that he owned it," said Sgt. Paul McCurbin but wouldn't elaborate. Speed and driver inexperience were cited as factors in the tragedy.

Sylvia Dietrich and Melvyn Croft, who manage Ajax Riding Academy, said the car flipped over several boulders and through a fence before coming to a rest in a paddock with five horses.

They didn't hear it but went to the scene a few minutes later when emergency vehicles arrived. The car was "so squished" it was unrecognizable, Dietrich said.

Dietrich said that stretch of road, which is flanked by fields and a golf course, is a popular spot for street racers.

"I've said there's going to be a fatal accident one of these days. Who'd have thought it would be in my field?"

-here's another article from CityNews


Almira said...

Thats very sad, a couple of years back that happend to a group of girls who went to my High School. The girls father had got her a car, she didnt have a permit or a liscence. She ended up splitting the car in half, she died a couple day after intesive care, there were four girls, only one survived I think, she ended up loosing her leg though. Salaam


Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaykum

the accident is very bad. We all will return to Allah. Anyways maryiah islamic school NEEDS to be shut down.

Anonymous said...


dear anonymous, why do you say Mariyah school needs to be shut down? I would like to know as I am considering putting my daughter in that school. Any help would be appreciated. Jazak'Allahkhayr.

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