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Two medical students mourned after collision

Published: September 28, 2010

Two first-year students of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine are being mourned after their deaths as a result of a single-car collision on Friday, Sept. 24.

Iskren Kantchev, 23, of Cambridge, was a student of the Niagara Regional Campus of the school. Shane Daniell, 24, of Toronto, was a member of the Hamilton Campus class. Both died after the accident on Wilson Street at Lower Lions Club Road in Ancaster just after 3 a.m.

Many of the students of their class, who began the program with orientation five weeks ago, attended services for the men yesterday in Cambridge and Toronto. Rob Whyte, assistant dean of the undergraduate program; Alan Neville, associate dean, education; Cathy Oudshoorn, administrator of the program and several other faculty and staff also attended.

"This is a tragedy and we are deeply saddened," said Whyte. "Both students had such promise. In one short month, these students have made many friends who will surely feel their absence. We are making help available to anyone who would like support through this very difficult time.

"Iskren was known to be kind-hearted, always looking for any opportunity to help people," said Whyte. "Shane was the kind of person who made instant friends. The whole class saw him as their best friend."

Iskren had received his Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in health studies from the University of Waterloo. Shane was a graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in microbiology.

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