A Nigerian mother, Uche Osagie, is grieving after a tragic fatal crash on New Year’s Day, claimed the lives of her three children.
Uche Osagie was travelling back from Toronto, Canada to Sudbury when the crash happened on Highway 17 near Lively. Her three children, Destiny, Flourish and Britney all died as a result.
According to the mother of three young children killed in a crash on New Year’s Day In Canada, says she was travelling to file an appeal for permanent status.
CTV reports that Uche left Nigeria, 8 years ago, with her two oldest children for a better life in Canada, but was having difficulties acquiring permanent residency.
She says in mid-December, 2019, she had received a letter that her second appeal had been denied, so she travelled to Toronto to get a lawyer to file a federal appeal.
The distraught mom says the family was returning home to Chelmsford when the car she was driving hit a rock-cut killing her children, Britney, 6, Flourish, 10, and Destiny, 11.
“My son Destiny said ‘no, I’m not going back to Nigeria. I want to live in Canada. I would rather die than be deported.’ Today, my son is going to be buried in Canada,” Osagie said.
Osagie said her children were musical, a trait they inherited from her.
“My daughter Britney likes to dance and Destiny loved to sing a lot,” Osagie said. “He told me he was going to be a rapper.”
“And my son Flourish loved to play basketball.”
The school the kids attended– Chelmsford Public School– flew the Canadian flag at half-mast today.
Police said a 10-year-old boy, not related to the other children, was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries. His 45-year-old mother was also a passenger in the car and suffered minor injuries. Police have not yet determined what caused the vehicle to leave Highway 17 and crash into the rock cut.