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Maija Nenonen

Maija Nenonen

Maija Nenonen, age 21

Maija Nenonen, age 21

Maija Nenonen (2000 - 2022) was a 21-year-old student at University of Western Ontario.[5] She died on April 11, 2022, when she was run over by a truck in a parking lot outside her apartment.[2] Her death sparked discussion over student safety near campus.[7]

Personal

Maija Liisa Nenonen was born in Sault Sainte Marie (Ontario) in Ontario, Canada on June 9, 2000.[5] An obituary for Maija said she had a warm smile and a larger-than-life personality.[4]

At the time of her death, Maija was a first-year student at the Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Ontario.[7] She went to high school at St. Mary's College in Sault Sainte Marie.[5]

Death

Maija Nenonen in sky blue dress

Maija Nenonen in sky blue dress

Police investigate as Maija Nenonen is covered by plastic tarp

Police investigate as Maija Nenonen is covered by plastic tarp

Maija Nenonen at a costume party

Maija Nenonen at a costume party

On Monday, April 11, 2022 around 1 p.m., Maija Nenonen left her townhouse apartment at 974 Western Road in London, Ontario.

As she was walking to campus to study for her final exams, she stepped into the small parking lot outside the three-story apartment building.[2]

At the same time, a truck that was towing a large trailer loaded with landscaping equipment was driving in reverse through the parking lot.

The truck's driver was unable to see Maija behind the trailer.[7] [17]

Maija walked into the path of the truck and was hit.

The collision knocked Maija down onto the parking lot, where she was caught on the truck's undercarriage.

The truck continued driving in reverse, dragging Maija approximately six meters across the pavement.

The rear tires rolled over Maija's upper body, fatally crushing her.[1] [17][18]

Maija screamed as she was crushed by the trailer's tires.

Kierra Holowachuk, a third-year Western University student, was taking an online exam when she heard Maija screaming for about 10 seconds from the parking lot outside her apartment.

"I was pretty freaked out," Holowachuk said.[1][3]

Another witness told investigators that Maija walked into the truck's blind spot as it was backing up, and it was impossible for the driver to notice her.

"She fell down and was immediately caught under the wheels.

The girl was screaming, the but the driver couldn't hear her," the witness said.[17][18]

Bystanders tried to alert the truck's driver, but there was not enough time to react before Maija was fatally injured.

A man at the scene told investigators: "I looked over and saw the truck rolling over a girl that was laying on the ground.

Before I could do anything, her blood was spraying out.

It was clear she wasn't going to make it."[1] [17][18]

A resident, Liam Jackson, said he looked out his window and saw the landscaping truck and trailer parked in the parking lot, with the driver-side door wide open.[1] A few feet from the truck, Maija's body was lying on the pavement in a pool of blood.

"She was barely moving and was bleeding a lot," Jackson said.[7]

At about 1:15 p.m., police arrived on the scene and found Maija lying in the parking lot "with a very weak pulse, suffering from multiple traumatic injuries," a police spokesman said.

"We determined the victim's injuries were unfortunately not survivable," the spokesman said.[1]

Police covered the fatally injured girl with a plastic tarp as the collision reconstruction unit arrived on the scene.[7] Maija Nenonen was declared dead at the scene around 2 p.m.[4] Her body lay covered by the plastic tarp on the ground in the parking lot for several hours before being removed.[1]

Maija Nenonen was buried on April 20, 2022 at St. Gregoryโ€™s Church in Sault Sainte Marie.[4]

Investigation

An investigation into the death of Maija Nenonen was concluded in July 2022.

No charges were laid against the truck's driver, after the investigation found him not at fault for killing Maija.

The investigation concluded that Maija was wholly responsible for her own accidental death.

"A thorough investigation was completed into this tragic incident, and has concluded with no charges laid," police spokesperson Kyrsten Harris told local media.[17][18]

References

[1]
Citation Linklfpress.comScreams, shock and a pedestrian killed in a Western Road parking lot
Apr 22, 2022, 12:32 AM
[2]
Citation Linkwww.cbc.caMaija Nenonen was killed in a fatal collision
Apr 22, 2022, 12:33 AM
[3]
Citation Linkwww.saultstar.comMaija Nenonen dies in collision in London, Ont.
Apr 22, 2022, 12:33 AM
[4]
Citation Linkwww.sootoday.comObituary - Nenonen, Maija Liisa
Apr 22, 2022, 12:34 AM
[5]
Citation Linkeverloved.comIn Memory of Maija Nenonen
Apr 22, 2022, 12:34 AM
[6]
Citation Linkwww.instagram.comInstagram - Maija (@maija.nenonen)
Apr 22, 2022, 12:36 AM
[7]
Citation Linklondon.ctvnews.caWestern mourns student in fatal pedestrian collision
Apr 22, 2022, 12:38 AM
[8]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comMaija Nenonen smiling in white shirt
Apr 22, 2022, 12:49 AM
[9]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comMaija Nenonen profile picture
Apr 22, 2022, 12:49 AM
[10]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comMaija Nenonen smiling in blue dress
Apr 22, 2022, 12:50 AM
[11]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comMaija Nenonen at a costume party
Apr 22, 2022, 12:52 AM
[12]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comMaija Nenonen in sky blue dress
Apr 22, 2022, 12:53 AM
[13]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comMaija Nenonen at the lake
Apr 22, 2022, 12:53 AM
[14]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comMaija Nenonen in pink dress
Apr 22, 2022, 12:54 AM
[15]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPolice investigate as Maija Nenonen is covered by plastic tarp
Apr 22, 2022, 12:56 AM
[16]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comMaija Nenonen in blue lace top
Apr 22, 2022, 12:56 AM
[17]
Citation Linkwww.saultstar.comSault Star - No charges filed in crash that killed Maija Nenonen
Sep 14, 2022, 7:01 AM
[18]
Citation Linklfpress.comLondon Free Press - No charges in April crash
Sep 14, 2022, 7:09 AM