The identities of a five-year-old girl, her mother, grandmother and an unrelated fourth woman killed in a horrific crash on Highway 400 Friday have been released.
Family friend Katerina Seitaj identified the victims to Global News as five-year-old Isabela Kuci, her mother Valbona Vokshi, 35, and her grandmother Xhemile Vokshi, 55.
“She loved everybody,” Seitaj said of Valbona, adding that she was a kind, caring, generous and hardworking mother. “She helped everyone in need.”
An online fundraising page had been set up for the family, which had raised more than $2,600 by Tuesday afternoon.
A fourth victim of the crash not related to the family has been identified as 27-year-old Maria Lipska.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said Monday the crash occurred around 9:45 p.m. on the southbound lanes of Highway 400 just south of Finch Avenue.
Schmidt said an inattentive truck driver may be responsible for the collision, which involved upwards of 12 vehicles, adding that he could not remember a collision scene that was as “devastating.”
He also said the collision was “completely preventable” and urged truck drivers to take care extra caution on the road, adding that it “only takes a moment” for attention to be diverted and tragedy to strike while driving.
Blerta Vokshi, the aunt, sister and daughter of the victims of the collision will release a full statement on behalf of the family during a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Sarah Harwood, a kindergarten teacher at Princess Margaret Junior School where Isabela attended, said students and faculty at the school were devastated upon hearing the news.
“Isabela was a joyful person, she was always happy and you know losing her there’s a little bit of laughter that’s not there anymore in our class. Not as much laughing, not as much smiling. The kids liked to play with her and she was just a fun person to be around. So we miss that,” she said.
Harwood said she also hoped a permanent memorial for Isabela could be created by students at the school, in addition to the sending of messages of condolences to the family.
“She was always positive about everything and any situation that happened, she would always see the glass half full,” she said.
“She was always just a really positive, happy kid and I’m going to really remember that about her.”