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Candlelight procession planned for victims of New Year's Day crash

Police have yet to release details on the crash itself
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Greater Sudbury's Nigerian Community and the Sudbury Multi-Cultural and Folk Arts Association are holding a press conference Jan. 15 to release details on funeral arrangements for the three children who died in a Jan. 1 crash on Highway 17.

The crash claimed the lives of the Osagie children — Britney, six, and her brothers Flourish, 10, and Destiny, 11 — and sent another 10-year-old boy to hospital. The children's mother, Uche Osagie was uninjured in the crash, while another female passenger suffered minor injuries.

No word on the cause of the crash or the potential for charges to be laid have been released by the OPP. Investigations of this complexity can take time to complete, said OPP Const. Michelle Coulombe in a telephone interview Jan 7.

Coulombe said details regarding the cause of the crash should be released by the end of this week. Asked about the potential for charges to be laid, Coulombe said she couldn't speak to that issue.

Investigation of this sort take time, Coulombe said, and include applying for judicial authorization to inspect a vehicle involved in a fatal collision, completing the vehicle examination itself and collecting statements from the public.

This is coupled with the significant amount of time it takes to complete and submit the required reports by crash reconstructionists and collision investigators, she said.

On Jan. 15, details about a candle-light procession and final funeral arrangements will be released to media.

Sudbury.com reached out to the Sudbury OPP detachment again today for an update on the investigation into the cause of the crash, and whether charges would be laid, but have not yet received a call back. 

Sudbury.com will have more information on this story tomorrow morning, following the press conference.