Solar car death prompts university review

The University of Toronto will be initiating a review of the circumstances surrounding a tragic car accident that killed a U of T student during the Canadian Solar Tour on Aug. 12. Andrew Frow, a mechanical engineering student, was driving U of T’s Blue Sky Solar Racing car on Highway 7 near Kitchener-Waterloo on Thursday when it was involved in a two-car crash. He was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener later that afternoon. From University of Toronto :
Solar car student dies in accident

University to initiate review

The University of Toronto will be initiating a review of the circumstances surrounding a tragic car accident that killed a U of T student during the Canadian Solar Tour on Aug. 12.

Andrew Frow, a mechanical engineering student, was driving U of T’s Blue Sky Solar Racing car on Highway 7 near Kitchener-Waterloo on Thursday when it was involved in a two-car crash. He was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener later that afternoon.

Angela Hildyard, U of T’s acting president, said her thoughts are with those close to Frow at this difficult time. ”Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew’s family and friends and we would ask that people respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

A U of T crisis response team involving counsellors and university police has been assisting members of the Canadian Solar Tour. The Canadian Solar Tour, featuring solar cars from six universities in Ontario and Quebec, has been cancelled.

The engineering student council at U of T, known as the Engineering Society, has begun work to establish a memorial scholarship in Frow’s name.

”All of us at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering were devastated to hear the news about the accident involving the University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing car, and the tragic death of mechanical engineering student Andrew Frow,” said engineering dean Anastasious Venetsanopoulos. ”This student-led project has a long history at our faculty. We have contacted all of our students, staff and faculty members to inform them of the tragedy and to offer counseling to them.”

Perth County OPP are investigating the accident and the university will be co-operating fully with any investigation.


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