Mother of 18-year-old Toronto man killed by alleged impaired driver who fled the scene speaks out

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Standing successful Ranee Park down the thoroughfare from wherever her lad was killed days earlier, Cindy De La Cruz spoke fondly of her eldest kid Jacob Quinonez, whom she described arsenic a fantastic lad and member to his 11-year-old sister.

“I’m not angry. I don’t person clip to hatred her. What’s she thinking? She’s forgetting she’s leaving a quality — it’s somebody’s son, it’s my lad she’s leaving connected the floor,” De La Cruz said with tears moving down her face, wondering wherefore the pistillate suspected of causing the collision didn’t halt to render assistance to Quinonez.

It was Thursday astir 11 p.m. erstwhile Toronto police were called to the intersection of Dufferin Street and Ranee Avenue for a fail-to-remain crash.

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Police said a 2020 Black Dodge Caravan travelling eastbound connected Bentworth Avenue collided successful the intersection with a motorcycle that was travelling northbound connected Dufferin Street, being driven by Quinonez.

Investigators told Global News the motorcyclist was knocked to the crushed and dragged immoderate region earlier helium was released.

Police said the minivan drove off, leaving Quinonez to die. He was pronounced dormant astatine the scene.

Police said the van was located abandoned a abbreviated region aboriginal and the pistillate believed to beryllium the operator was recovered nearby.

Kirsten Stevens, 28, was arrested and charged with impaired cognition causing death, exceeding humor intoxicant causing decease and leaving the country of an mishap causing death.

Stevens appeared successful a Finch Avenue tribunal via teleconference past Friday and was released into the custody of her surety — her parent — connected $2,000 bail.

The 28-year-old is not allowed to thrust and indispensable acquisition counselling oregon appraisal for intoxicant abuse.

“If she decides to portion and drive, she’s a criminal,” said De La Cruz, who said her lad was wearing a helmet astatine the clip of the crash.

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She said she taught her lone lad astir the dangers of impaired driving, but could not relationship for others who were connected the road.

“I privation to cognize wherefore she’s running. Why she (did) not telephone 911.”

Quinonez, who had conscionable graduated with honours from St. Basil-the-Great College School, was described arsenic a assemblage person by the laminitis of a youth- and parent-driven inaugural called Freedom School Toronto.

The group, which fights anti-Black racism successful the schoolhouse strategy and creates acquisition alternatives for Black children, has a representation of Quinonez connected its website, wherever helium is featured arsenic a younker educator.

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The co-founder of Freedom School Toronto, LeRoi Newbold, was besides astatine Ranee Park organizing a memorial for children successful Quinonez’s sanction and said she archetypal met him erstwhile helium became progressive arsenic a pupil successful 2016.

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“He achieved his precocious schoolhouse diploma; helium was precise arrogant of that. Our kids retrieve him taking retired his diploma. But his dreams weren’t implicit there. He had truthful galore different dreams,” Newbold said.

“He wanted to interaction the community. He wanted to marque the satellite a amended spot for each of our kids — those facing the challenges that helium did and immoderate benignant of challenges you would look successful Toronto arsenic a Black youth.”

Quinonez was acceptable to commencement studying science astatine York University successful the fall.

His aunt, holding a representation of the young antheral with his precocious schoolhouse diploma, held backmost tears arsenic she talked astir their plans, which had been destroyed.

“We were readying a celebration. He had conscionable graduated. We were going to spell to Niagara Falls. He had ne'er been to Niagara Falls, if you tin judge it,” said Jennifer Arango.

Stewart volition beryllium backmost successful tribunal successful September.

Quinonez’s parent is focused present connected laying him to remainder this Saturday.

A GoFundMe campaign has present been started to screen ceremonial costs.

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“This woman destruct a neighbourhood, destruct my family, destruct my daughter, destruct me,” said De La Cruz.

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