Hamilton crash victims remembered at candlelight vigil
Steve Last, 42, and Shawn Bell, 17, were killed in a head-on collision early Friday
Over 100 students and community members gathered outside Saltfleet District High School Monday night for a candlelight vigil, trying to make sense of the crash that killed Steve Last and Shawn Bell early Friday.
"It's not to remember a terrible night," said Cassandra Brookes, a former Saltfleet student who just graduated. "It's to remember the people they both were."
Bell, 17, and Last, 42, both died when their vehicles collided on Highway 56 just after midnight Friday. Last was bringing his two daughters and a friend home after a day at Canada's Wonderland.
Bell, who is from Stoney Creek, was pronounced dead at the scene. Last, who is from Binbrook, was taken to hospital and died there of his injuries. His 10-year-old daughter and his 15-year-old daughter were in the SUV with a 15-year-old family friend. They are in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Both Bell and Last's 15-year-old daughter Jamie attended Saltfleet High, Brookes says.
Some of Bell's friends told the CBC that the 17-year-old had "quite a bit to drink" at a gathering just before the crash. Brookes says that's unlike the Shawn Bell she knew. "He would never want to hurt anyone," she said. "When you're a teenager, people pressure you to drink. Maybe he did — but we don't know what or how much."
Police have not confirmed the names, and have not confirmed that alcohol played a role in the accident. On Tuesday morning, Hamilton Police spokesperson Claus Wagner told CBC Hamilton that officials are still waiting for the toxicology reports to come back.
"It could be a couple of weeks," he said.
Bell's funeral is being held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church at 1415 Barton Street. There is a visitation on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at L.G Wallace Funeral Home at 151 Ottawa St N.
Last's funeral is being held at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 63 Highway 20 East in Stoney Creek on Monday at 11 a.m. There is a visitation at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 947 Rymal Rd. E., from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.