November 25, 2015

Mariel Garcia - an 18 year old victim of Hit and Run in Brampton, Ontario

Mariel Garcia, age 18, died on November 21, 2015, at a hospital in Toronto, Ontario. 

Mariel Garcia
After 10:00 p.m., Mariel had been walking to her parents' home in Brampton, Ontario. She had been out with friends and took a bus home, but had to walk several blocks. During the walk she was struck by a pickup truck. The driver of the truck fled the scene. 

Mariel was rushed to a hospital in Toronto where, tragically, she succumbed to her injuries. 

The circumstances of the accident are not known at this time. 

Anyone who saw the accident or saw Mariel in the area that night is asked to call the Major Collision Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3710.

Steven Richards, age 26, of Brampton, turned himself in to the Police a short time later.  He has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death. 

Steven Richards is innocent unless proven guilty. He has expressed remorse over Mariel's death. However, as of this posting, he has not offered additional information regarding the cause of the accident. 

A funding site has been set up to help the Garcia family with expenses. 
Angels of God, pray for Mariel
and for those who have
lost her.

Mariel graduated from St. Joseph Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario.  Her family moved from Mississauga to Brampton two years ago. She was currently attending McMaster University in Hamilton. Mariel lived in Hamilton during the week while attending University but came home to Brampton on weekends. 

Mariel's loved ones are devastated over her sudden and tragic death. She was a studious young woman and had graduated from high school with honors. She was cheerful and was a bundle of light. She had many friends who will forever miss her. She was just starting out in life. She will be forever mourned.

Mariel is survived by many loving friends and family members including her parents, Dino and Eugenio, and two older brothers.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray for all who die young. They barely had a chance to live.

God save us from those who strike us down on the road and then run away like wolves. Amen.

Pray that Mariel is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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