Teen driver charged in deaths of two children in Vaughan granted bail

Must abide by several conditions of bail

A 16-year-old driver, charged with the deaths of two children in Vaughan, has been released on $300,000 bail, but will have to abide by numerous conditions.

He was arrested after a boy and a girl, ages 4 and 10, were struck May 16 in the driveway of a home on Athabasca Drive, while they and an adult neighbour were fixing a bicycle. The children died later at hospital; the neighbour was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The accused has been charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death, two counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Under conditions of his bail, he must remain with sureties at all times – in this case, his parents – in his residence, apart from medical emergencies. He can attend virtual classes throughout the pandemic and return to in-person classes when they resume, although he must be escorted by a surety.

He must not operate a vehicle or be in possession of car keys. And is not permitted to visit the scene of the fatal crash.

He returns to court on June 17.