Canadian Olympic skater dies in car crash, baby survives | sports

Olympic skater Alexandra Paul, 31, died after her car was hit by a fleeing truck. The Canadian’s son, Charlie, was also in the vehicle, but survived the impact.

According to police in the province of Ontario, Canada, Paul had his car stopped in traffic, near a construction site on the road. Uncontrolled, the semi-trailer crossed the construction site and hit seven of the vehicles waiting to continue their journey last Tuesday (22).

Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam at the 2014 Winter Olympics — Photo: Getty

Alexandra Paul was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The athlete’s baby was in the back seat of the car and was taken to hospital, where he was treated. His life is not in danger.

Three other people were injured. A 45-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were taken to hospital, but are not at risk either. A 67-year-old man was seriously injured and had to be transported by helicopter to a specialized trauma center.

Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam worked together in sport until 2016 — Photo: Reproduction/X

The road was closed for 10 hours for investigation. The driver of the truck, who has not been identified, has not been charged.

Paul competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014. The figure skater partnered with Mitchell Islam, whom she ended up marrying in 2021. Charlie is the result of the athletes’ relationship.

Alexandra Paul after her retirement from figure skating — Photo: Reproduction/X

Although they didn’t medal at the Olympics, the duo racked up podiums and victories at national championships, including three bronze medals in the main Canadian tournament. In international competitions, Paul and Islam also won bronze at the United States International Figure Skating Classic, hosted in the United States.

After retiring from sports, Alexandra Paul devoted herself to her studies and began working as a lawyer.

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