Jan. 29 at 11:55 a.m.
The Ontario Provincial Police has lost an “amazing” part of its family in the death of Const. Kara Huffman, said the OPP's media liaison officer.
Huffman joined the OPP in 2004 from the Winnipeg Police Service, said Const. Lucie Sirois. The young mother of two was a constable out of the Espanola detachment, but she wasn't in uniform or working on Jan. 28 when she was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 17 near Fielding Road.
Huffman had a very young family, Sirois said. In fact, she had just come off maternity leave. Her youngest child is just over a year old, and her second child is just a few years older.
She also leaves behind her husband.
“She was an amazing person; she was super bubbly and always had a smile on her face,” said Sirois. “She was infectious; she was just a beautiful person.”
OPP officers deal with death on almost a daily basis.
“It's deep no matter what, but when it's someone you know, it's worse,” she said.
The investigation is ongoing, and there is no word yet as to whether charges are pending.
Right now, local OPP officers are trying to provide comfort to Huffman's family, Sirois said.
A 34-year-old woman was killed on Jan. 28 following a crash on Highway 17 about half a kilometre east of Fielding Road, said the Ontario Provincial Police.
Kara Huffman, the driver of a Dodge Grand Caravan, succumbed to her injuries after being taken to Health Sciences North.
The driver of a second vehicle involved in the crash was also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The collision closed the highway for several hours.
Huffman was the second person killed on Northern Ontario highways on Jan. 28.
Another person was killed on Highway 69 at Station Lane when two vehicles collided just after 12 p.m.. The name of the victim has not yet been released by the OPP.