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CAS Chief Loses Granddaughter
November 21, 2005 permalink
The granddaughter of Peter Ringrose, Executive Director of the Children's Aid Society of Waterloo Region, has died in a traffic accident in which she was apparently not properly restrained. We extend condolences to the Ringrose family.
Girl, 5, dies in collision
HAWKESVILLE (Nov 21, 2005)
A five-year-old St. Clements girl was killed Saturday when her family's minivan was struck by an SUV that failed to stop at a stop sign.
The driver of the SUV, an 80-year-old New Hamburg man, and four other occupants of the minivan were taken to Grand River Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
The collision happened shortly after 12:20 p.m. at the intersection of Herrgott Road and Ament Line in Wellesley Township near Hawkesville, Waterloo regional police said.
A 34-year old St. Clements man was driving the minivan with his wife and their three young children as passengers.
The minivan was travelling south on Herrgott Road when the SUV, heading west on Ament Line, passed by a stop sign without stopping, police said.
Emma Ringrose was ejected from her seat at the time of impact, police said. She was pronounced dead in hospital.
Witnesses told police the van was travelling at "highway speed" at the time of the collision, Const. Doug Buckley said.
Emma's father, Geoff Ringrose, said last night that he and his family weren't ready to talk about the girl, a student at St. Clements School.
Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash and roads were clear at the time, police said.
Charges against the SUV driver are pending.
RINGROSE, Emma Catherine - March 23, 2000 - November 19, 2005. Tragically, in an accident, at the age of five, on Saturday, November 19, 2005. Precious daughter of Pam and Geoff Ringrose, and adoring sister to Stephanie and Abbey. Emma was in Senior Kindergarten at St. Clements School. She was a delightful little girl who loved to sing and dance. She dreamed of dancing in the fluffy, white, cotton ball clouds. Now she is happily dancing in the clouds with the angels. Emma will be missed by her immediate family as well as her grandparents, Lynda and George Lorentz of St. Clements and Susan and Peter Ringrose of Heidelberg, and her great-grandparents, Irene Detzler of St. Agatha, Gladys Wheeler of Imlay City, Michigan, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Friends may call at the Futher Brothers Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 22, from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday, November 23, from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. Prayer vigil will be at 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, November 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Clements RC Church. In recognition of the outstanding, supportive efforts of the local emergency response crews and the compassionate, caring Grand River Hospital staff; memorial donations may be made to the St. Clements Fire Station for the Jaws of Life fund or Grand River Hospital Foundation. These may be arranged by contacting the Futher Brothers Funeral Home, 172 Henry St., Wellesley, phone 656-2880.
Source: A reader forwarded these two articles, from news sources that are closed to public view. Melinda Dalton confirmed the validity of the first article.
Addendum: Since this case has become infamous, we enclose a document from the Corporation of the Township of Wellesley (pdf) including a letter from Pam and Geoff Ringrose, Lynda and George Lorentz, and Susan and Peter Ringrose dealing with the death of Emma Ringrose. Below expand for a map of the crash site.
The village of Hawkesville is at the upper right, the crash intersection is at Herrgott (10) and Ament (17). A terrain map shows that the land is flat at the intersection.