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Girl, 4, injured in Ontario highway rollover taken off life support

A four-year-old girl who was critically injured in a crash on Hwy. 401 on May 23 was taken off life support on May 27, 2019. (TWITTER/Kerry Schmidt)

A four-year-old girl who suffered life-threatening injuries in a rollover crash on Highway 401 in Mississauga, Ontario on Thursday has been taken off life support.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt posted an update on Twitter with condolences to the family on Monday night.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on the eastbound Highway 401 in Mississauga.

The young girl was ejected from an SUV when it clipped the back of a transport truck and rolled.

“The most important thing with your kids,” a motorist said. “It’s very sad.”

A two-year-old girl in the vehicle, which ended up on its roof, wasn’t injured. A 25-year-old woman who was driving the car suffered minor injuries. The driver of the truck was also not hurt.

The crash has served as a reminder for parents to stay focused behind the wheel.

“You’ve got to have that order of importance, you know,” another driver said. “When you’re on the highway, driving’s number one, right? And if the kids are too distracted, you’ve got to pull over.”

Tragic death puts spotlight on car-seat safety

The young girl’s death is also a reminder for parents to ensure their children are in car-seats that are safely installed.

Commuter Michelle says her brother just sought professional help to make sure he knew exactly what needed to be done to keep his child safe.

“He went to the fire station, then they teach you how to use the car-seats properly so there’s no issues going forward,” she says.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and the four-year-old’s ejection from the vehicle.