One year since four lives lost in horrific Brampton crash

Remembering Karolina Ciasullo and her three young daughters -- Klara Lilianna and Mila

A group of ladies grieve at the crash scene memorial paying tribute for Karolina Ciasullo and her family Karla 6, Lilianna 3 and Mila 1 who were killed in a horrific crash at Torbram Rd. and Countryside Dr. in Brampton. It is the one-year anniversary since their deaths. The accused Brady Robertson, aged 20, will be in court on July 12 to start his trial on Friday June 18, 2021. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

On the one-year anniversary of the tragic deaths of Karolina Ciasullo and her three daughters the tears still flow freely.

Patricia, who lives a few houses away from the grandmother of the Ciasullos, fought vainly in the rain under her umbrella to light four memorial candles for the family — a large one and three smaller ones.

The large candle was for Karolina, 37, a gifted teacher who touched so many lives. The smaller candles were for her daughters — Klara, 6, Lilianna, 3, and Mila, just under one.

“I had the privilege to know their family on the father’s side,” said Patricia. “And to know they are living through the horror every single day.”

Her hands trembling, she finally lit the final candle saying, “There it is,” as the wick flickered to life before she placed it with the other three little ones on the ground near the memorial.

“I have a five-year-old daughter who is the same age as Lili (Lilianna) was,” said Patricia. “And I just can’t imagine the pain. I just wanted to pay tribute to the girls and their mom.”

On the day of the crash, Patricia was with her daughter playing at the park and later heard the news on the radio.

  1. Jillian McLeod (R), from Justice 4 Families, and her friend, Beata Cioncka (L), wear pink commemorative tuques on the five-month anniversary of the fatal-collision deaths of Karolina Ciasullo and her little daughters Klara, 6, Lilianna, 3 and Mila.

    Women mark 5 months since mom, 3 kids lost to crash

  2. Sources tell the Toronto Sun Karolina Ciasullo and her three daughters, Klara, 6, Lilianna, 4, and Mila, 1, were travelling in a Volkswagen SUV that was struck by a blue Infiniti in Brampton Thursday. The mother and her children all died from their injuries.

    'TRUE BEAUTY INSIDE AND OUT': Mother of 3 killed in crash remembered

  3. Michael Ciasullo (L) watches as the casket of his daughter Lilianna is led into St. Eugene De Mazenod Catholic Church in Brampton. His wife Karolina and their three daughters Klara, Mila and Lilianna who were killed last Thursday arrive at the church for the funeral service.

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Martin Foebel, who was teaching abroad in worn-torn Libya at the time but stopped by the memorial with a bouquet of flowers, said he feels a deep sadness for the suffering father Michael and what he must have endured over the past year.

On June 18, 2020, a Blue Infiti G35 sportscar zoomed eastbound “at a high rate of speed” across Countryside Dr. in Brampton after a Peel Regional Police officer on patrol spotted the car.

The impact of the collision was so tremendous it drove the engine of the Infiti right inside the passenger compartment causing major damage and breaking the driver’s legs

The massive grey utility pole that was wedged through the front of Caisullo’s VW Atlas SUV still lays behind barriers that support the multitude of stuffed animals, flowers and candles that have remained at the scene for the past year.

A group of seven ladies who are friends of Karolina showed up at 3 p.m. to grieve the deaths.

Early Friday morning around 8 a.m. friends attended the scene and released four balloons into the dreary sky.

Even Peel Regional Const. Akhil Mooken showed up to the memorial — on his day off — and placed a bouquet of flowers beside a stuffed moose toy wearing a Peel Regional Police T-shirt.

The accused driver Brady Robertson, then 20, has been in jail since the fatal crash and is charged with four counts of dangerous operation causing death, four counts of impaired operation causing death by drugs. None of the charges have been proven in court and he is expected to stand trial July 12.

That date, co-incidentally, is the same day Peter Simms, of Orangeville, will be sentenced for a collision that killed Jag Brar, 19, on Hwy. 10 near Mineola Rd., north of Port Credit, on Oct. 10, 2020.

Court and police records say Simms was driving north on Hwy. 10 in an Audi convertible, racing another car, when he collided with a Kia Soul and shot across into the southbound lanes of the road slamming headfirst into the blue Honda driven by Brar.

Simms fled the scene, leaving behind a lady friend in the crumpled Audi, but he was arrested shortly after by Peel plainclothes officers.

Simms has pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of the young man.

Court records show Simms had two previous convictions related to impaired driving.

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