Police name woman killed in accident

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Deep River Police have now identified the victim of a tragic accident that occurred on Ridge Road in town Wednesday afternoon.

Police say Lorraine Belanger, 61, of Pembroke died Wednesday when she was struck by a vehicle on Ridge Road in front of the North Renfrew Long Term Care Centre.

Reports suggest Belanger, an employee of the long-term care centre, was crossing the road to her vehicle parked on the south side of Ridge Road when she was struck around 3 pm.

Deep River Police and Fire and staff of the long-term care centre made several attempts to revive Belanger, but were unsuccessful.

Ridge Road was closed into the evening hours as the investigation continued.

By Thursday afternoon, as word of the accident spread through the community, a number of well wishers left flowers, candles and other mementoes at the roadside in condolence for Belanger’s loss.

Police say a post mortem has been scheduled and the investigation is still ongoing.

The Deep River Police are asking that anyone with any information, or who may have witnessed the incident, to please contact the police at 613-584-3500.

Earlier Thursday, police also reached out to a number of bystanders “who assisted with CPR prior to emergency crews arriving in yesterday’s tragic incident on Ridge Road.”

“Your Strength and Compassion has not gone unnoticed, (and) we appreciate all of your efforts and assistance during such a time of immediate urgency.”

Belanger is survived by her husband Tom Sawyer of Pembroke and father Armos (Bud) Belanger and his wife Rita (nee McMullen).

She is also survived by six brothers and sisters, including Richard McMullin and his wife Daniel and Wendy Roblin and her husband Brad, both of Deep River.

Visitation will take place at the Valley Funeral Home, Deep River next Thursday, June 27 from 10 until 11:45 am, followed by a memorial service in the chapel at 12 noon.