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Arrest made in suspected QEW road rage crash that killed 1 woman

Last Updated Feb 8, 2018 at 11:47 am EST

The OPP says an incident of road rage is likely to blame for a five-vehicle crash on the QEW near Cawthra Road in Mississauga that claimed the life of a woman on Jan. 27, 2018. HANDOUT/Twitter

A 32-year-old man has been arrested after a suspected road rage crash on the QEW last month that killed a 22-year-old woman.

Yasir Baig, of Mississauga, faces four charges including dangerous driving causing death and leaving the scene of a collision. He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.

Police said tips from the public led to Baig’s arrest and that he turned himself in.

At an emotional news conference on Thursday, Turcotte’s cousin said the family is grief-stricken.

“We’ve lost her. She could have done so much more with her life, and she was a wonderful person. And now, she’s gone,” the cousin said.

The chain-reaction crash happened on the Toronto-bound QEW just east of Cawthra Road around 10 p.m. on Jan. 27.

Police say a car going east on the QEW in Mississauga suddenly moved into the left lane in front of a line of cars and hit the brakes — causing five vehicles to slam into one another.

The driver of the car who allegedly started the crash then drove away, fleeing the scene without a scratch. Police are calling the crash an alleged act of road rage.

One of the vehicles slammed into the back of another car that was carrying three people, two women and a male driver. Two people were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. One of those people, Nicole Turcotte from Niagara Falls, later died.


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