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Single-vehicle crash near Burnstown claims life of 18-year-old man and injures three other

By Tina Peplinskie, OBSERVER MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST

Brandon Hanniman, 18, or Admaston/Bromley was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Calabogie Road around midnight Friday, Oct. 27.

Brandon Hanniman, 18, or Admaston/Bromley was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Calabogie Road around midnight Friday, Oct. 27.

RENFREW – Online condolences are pouring in after a fatal collision on Calabogie Road claimed the life of one male and seriously injured three others

The deceased male has been identified as Brandon Thomas Hanniman, 18, of Admaston/Bromley Township, a graduate of Renfrew Collegiate Institute and a members of the Renfrew Timberwolves Junior B hockey team. The other three men involved in the collision were also members of the team.

The Renfrew detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating the single-vehicle crash which was reported through a 911 call shortly after midnight on Friday, Oct. 27. It occurred about two kilometres south of Burnstown.

Police, County of Renfrew Paramedics and firefighters from McNab/Braeside Township responded to the scene. The collision involved a 2006 car. Several of the occupants had been ejected, according to a release issued by the OPP Friday. All of the male occupants were 18 years old. All three were taken to the trauma centre in Ottawa. Two were taken by ambulance directly from the scene. The third was taken to Renfrew where he was then air lifted by Ornge Air.

Chief Mike Nolan of the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service, called the tragedy a difficult one for the community and first responders.

“It hits home in many ways,” he said.

He added responders were not able to tell what kind of vehicle the young men were in because it was “unrecognizable.”

On Friday, the Central Canada Hockey League 2, which the Timberwolves is a member of, issued a statement saying the league and the broader Eastern Ontario hockey community are mourning Hanniman's death.

Former Renfrew and current Navan Grads head coach Tony Iob released a statement via Twitter.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Renfrew Jr. B families that have been impacted by the horrible tragedy this morning,” said Iob. “Having the honour of coaching these boys, and watching them grow up, makes the news that much harder to bear. Devastating not only (to) the hockey community, but the Renfrew community as well.”

The Timberwolves have cancelled its two games this weekend against Winchester and Perth.

Hanniman was a rookie with the team, and had tallied four points in 16 games. He scored his first junior hockey goal on Oct. 4 in Brockville.

The crash forced the closure of Calabogie Road for several hours as OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) assisted with this investigation, which is being led by the Ontario Coroner's Office.

Officers would like anyone who may have information on this investigation to contact them, including anyone who may have seen or spoken to the males earlier in the evening. Please call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.