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Toronto Paramedic Deputy Commander killed in crash near Haliburton (update)

Two dead after car plows into group of motorcycle riders
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Toronto paramedic Deputy Commander George Eliadis and his partner Shari Keyes-Williams were killed on Saturday when a vehicle struck a group of motorcyclists near Haliburton. Facebook photo

1 p.m. update

The OPP has identified the two victims of a weekend collision near Haliburton as George Eliadis, 52, and his partner Shari Keyes-Williams, 42.

The couple was from Uxbridge.

They were riding their motorcycles Saturday evening with five others when an eastbound Chrysler PT Cruiser crossed the centre line on Highway 118 and collided with four of the seven motorcycles travelling westbound. 

The man who was driving the PT cruiser suffered minor injuries.

Two other motorcyclists suffered life-threatening injuries.

Toronto Paramedic Services has confirmed that Eliadis was one of its own, a 27-year advanced care paramedic who was also the lead on many public events including the Pan Am Games, Pride and Carabana. 

"It is with profound sadness, we confirm the loss of Deputy Commander George Eliadis in a tragic accident on Saturday. Our deepest sympathy to all," the service said in a tweet. 

The Durham Boxing Academy posted a note of condolences on its website about the loss of Shari Keyes-Williams and her partner.

"It is with extreme sadness that we let you know, long time DBA family member Shari Keyes-Williams and her partner George Eliadis have passed away in a tragic accident.

You were both amazing people, wonderful parents, and true supporters. Shari; you were a fighter, a friend, a warrior.  Sending all of our love to your kids, your family and your friends." 

Social media was filled with words of grief and sadness as news of the tragedy spread. 

"Our sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues," tweeted the Paramedic Association of Manitoba.

"No words," posted Paramedics of Simcoe County with the crest of Toronto Paramedic Services featuring a black band of mourning. 

"It is with sadness that we acknowledge the loss of one of our supervisors and friend to many," said a 416 Paramedic twitter account. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

"He was a great mentor, and a solid example of true leadership. Tough shoes to fill," said a reply.

No charges have been laid at this time and police are seeking the public's help.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Haliburton Highlands OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Original 8 a.m. information

Toronto Paramedic Services has confirmed that one of its own was killed in a weekend collision that also claimed the life of his partner.

"It is with profound sadness, we confirm the loss of Deputy Commander George Eliadis in a tragic accident on Saturday. Our deepest sympathy to all," the service said in a tweet. 

OPP identified both victims of the weekend collision 

The Durham Boxing Academy posted a note of condolences on its website identifying the second person killed as Sharie Keyes-Williams.

"It is with extreme sadness that we let you know, long time DBA family member Shari Keyes-Williams and her partner George Eliadis have passed away in a tragic accident.

You were both amazing people, wonderful parents, and true supporters. Shari; you were a fighter, a friend, a warrior.  Sending all of our love to your kids, your family and your friends." 

The OPP said the collision occurred on Saturday around 5 p.m. on Highway 118 near Haliburton.

According to police, an eastbound vehicle crossed the center line into the westbound lane where it collided with four of seven motorcycles travelling westbound.

Eliadis and Keyes-Williams were killed and two other riders suffered serious, life-threatening injuries.   

Social media was filled with words of grief and sadness as news of the tragedy spread. 

"Our sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues," tweeted the Paramedic Association of Manitoba.

"No words," posted Paramedics of Simcoe County with the crest of Toronto Paramedic Services featuring a black band of mourning. 

"It is with sadness that we acknowledge the loss of one of our supervisors and friend to many," said a 416 Paramedic twitter account. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

"He was a great mentor, and a solid example of true leadership. Tough shoes to fill," said a reply.

Anyone with any information about the crash is urged to call the OPP's Haliburton Highlands Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.



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