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Boy killed in crash 'had a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face'

Father killed in horrific crash on Friday afternoon remembered as a 'hard-working dad'

Family and friends are grieving following a deadly crash that killed three generations of one area family last week in Bradford. 

The head-on collision, which happened Friday around 4:30 p.m. on Yonge Street south of the 14th Line, claimed the lives of a 36-year-old Kyle Cobet of Newmarket, his nine-year-old son, Christian Nunes, and his 61-year-old mother, Wendy Cobet of Barrie.

They were in a northbound SUV that collided with a southbound heavy truck. The adult victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while the boy was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

South Simcoe Police Services confirmed the fatal crash occurred when the SUV's driver, Kyle Cobet, crossed the centre line and collided with the truck, whose driver was treated at the scene and released.

Since the deadly crash, a GoFundMe page has been set up by family and friends of the victim in Nunes' memory to help with funeral costs.

"Christian was always full of life and had a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face," reads the GoFundMe page. "He was enormously curious with a keen interest in science and magic. Christian’s passing is enormously too soon and he will be missed by every person whose lives were touched by his energy and presence."

The goal is to raise $10,000, with donations currently totalling about $3,000. 

Kristen Bohl-Newall, who is Kyle's god-sister, is a close family friend. Her mother and Wendy Cobet were good friends and, growing up, she was very close to both Kyle and his sister, Shannon. 

Bohl-Newall remembers Kyle as being a hard-working dad.  

“He was trying to be the best dad he could to his son, Christian,” she said. “He was always a nice guy, offered to help when he could.

“My heart breaks for the fiancee, Courtney,” Bohl-Newall added. “I was looking at Christian’s pic this morning and my heart broke.”

Facebook posts flooded Kyle's timeline all weekend, including one from Sarena Miele.

"I can’t sleep. Hold your loved ones close, love endlessly and live happily. My mind is racing, I am shocked and lost for words. RIP Kyle Cobet," Miele wrote.

Another from a Nicole Cupid read: "I'm shocked by a tragedy that took my friend, his mom and his son last night! Kyle Cobet, you were always a real and loyal friend 100 per cent of the time with me, I will never forget you."


Natasha Philpott

About the Author: Natasha Philpott

Natasha is BradfordToday's Community Editor. She graduated from the Media Studies program at The University of Guelph-Humber. She lives in Bradford with her husband, two boys and two cats
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