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Four people receive organs from girl, 6, who died in Costco crash

Jennifer O'Brien, QMI Agency

LONDON, Ont. — Addison Hall, the six-year-old girl who died last weekend after a car smashed through the front doors of Costco, has helped save the lives of four people who needed organ transplants.

“Even with the tragedy and how everybody is just reeling from this, there are four families that did benefit,” said family friend and former mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best. “It’s probably the only solace you can take from a tragedy like this.

“Her life is continuing to have an impact on others.”

That was evident Wednesday night when thousands of people in this southwestern Ontario city attended a candlelight vigil in support of Hall’s family.

Addison’s three-year-old sister Miah remains in hospital in fair condition, as does the girls’ mom, Danah McKinnon Bozek. Their infant sibling — delivered by emergency C-section last Friday — has been listed in critical condition since birth.

The family was leaving Costco last Friday when a 65-year-old woman driving a red Monte Carlo plowed through the glass doors in reverse.

Police said investigators are still trying to determine why the woman drove through the doors. Investigators haven’t ruled out anything, but Sgt. Amanda Pfeffer said there’s no evidence the driver did so intentionally.

DeCicco-Best said the heartbroken McKinnon Bozek and Hall families took some comfort from the incredible show of support at the vigil.

“There is a lot of healing that has to take place, but it really helped for them to see all of that,” she said.

At one point, Addison’s dad, Eric Hall, told DeCicco-Best he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for his daughter.

“It was really moving, the entire evening, and strangers just kept coming,” she said, adding the ceremony began 15 minutes late because more people kept showing up.


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