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London girl dead after collision near Strathroy, woman charged with impaired driving

A child from London is dead following a two-vehicle crash involving impaired driving, police say. 

Four people were taken to hospital; three with minor injuries and an 8-year-old girl who has since died

During the investigation, police learned that one driver was impaired and placed them under arrest at the scene and transported them to the Strathroy OPP detachment for further testing. 

A child from London is dead following a two-vehicle crash that police say involved impaired driving.

At around 9:50 p.m. on Friday, emergency crews responded to the scene at Egremont Drive and Hickory Drive, located just northeast of Strathroy.

Four people from one vehicle were transported to hospital, including three people with minor injuries and an 8-year-old girl with life threatening injuries. 

Police say the eight-year-old girl, who has now been identified as Nihal Toor of London, died from her injuries in hospital.

During the investigation, police learned that one driver was impaired and placed them under arrest at the scene and transported them to the Strathroy OPP detachment for further testing. 

"A lot of people talk about [impaired driving] statistics, but these are not statistics, they're lives that we've lost," said OPP Const. Kevin Howe. 

"We're talking about an eight-year-old child who has died as a result of impaired driving. There's just no words for it and it angers me that we have to communicate to people and tell them to be smart enough not to drive a car while they're impaired." 

Police have charged Alicia Van Bree, 33, of Strathroy with one count of operation while impaired and one count of operation causing death. 

The accused has been released from police custody and is set to appear in a London court Sept. 10. 

"I do not understand in today's day with the education, the communication, the access to cabs and to friends that we even have to have this discussion," Howe said. 

"It's common sense that if you're impaired by anything, you should not be driving a vehicle." 

Howe was unable to comment on further details of the collision as the investigation is ongoing. 

Police are asking anyone with information related to this investigation to contact them or Crime Stoppers. 

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