2 Ontario women dead after being ‘mowed down’ in Florida crash

Global News

A tight-knit community of snowbirds in Florida was in mourning Tuesday after three elderly women – two of them Canadians – were killed in what appeared to be a horrific freak accident.

Residents of the mobile home community of Bradenton were leaving a Sunday church service at the Sugar Creek Country Club when a 79-year-old woman driving an SUV backed into a group of seven people at high speed.

Seventy-two-year-old Margaret Vanderlaan and 70-year-old Wilhemina Paul, both from Ontario, and 80-year-old Johanna Dijkhoff, who was visiting her Canadian sister from the Netherlands, were killed.

Four others, including a 67-year-old Ontario woman, were seriously injured in what bystanders recalled as traumatic chain of events.

Vanderlaan’s husband was standing just steps away from her when she was run over.

“I can’t believe it’s over,” he told a local paper. “She and I have four kids and they are all devastated…I called them…

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