Red Hill Valley Parkway crash victims, families excluded from public inquiry

The justice leading the Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry (RHVPI) has excluded crash victims and the families of crash victims in the process.

In a decision on Wednesday, commissioner Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel granted “full participation rights” to the city of Hamilton; the province; Dufferin Construction, which built the parkway; and Golder Associates, which commissioned the Tradewind friction study, the focal point of the inquiry.

Five other groups and individuals seeking to take part in the process – including a former city accountant; crash victim Jodi Gawrylash; and Belinda Marazzato, the mother of Olivia Smosarski, who died in a collision on the parkway – were declined participation.

Two law firms, Grosso Hooper and Scarfone Hawkins who represent a group involved in a $250M class-action lawsuit against the City of Hamilton filed on behalf of drivers who have crashed on the parkway since its opening in 2007, were also denied.

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