Two Canadians killed in Dubai

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A speeding Ferrari crashed into a lamppost and split in two killing two Canadians. This accident occurred in the early hours near Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai over the weekend.

According to reports, four people, two Canadian men and two American women were killed. The officials stated that no further reports or details will be published due to privacy issues.

One of the two Canadian men was identified as 24 years-old Cody Nixon, a boxer from Toronto and the other man was his cousin and friend, 27 year-old James Portuondo. They had been on a holiday in Dubai and had rented a Ferrari 458 Spider. It is believed the car was driven at 60 kilometres per hour prior to the accident.

Cody Nixon was a former member of the Motor City Boxing Club in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. In 2012, Nixon participated in the Canadian Boxing Championship. In April 2016, Nixon was planning to participate in the Ontario Golden Gloves tournament according to his friend and boxing coach, Brock Arthur.

Cody Nixon’s cousin, James Portuondo, worked in his family’s truck-repair business and was studying a course to get his mechanic’s licence. He was also the co-founder of Empire Entertainment, a promotional company in Toronto, Canada.

The Motor City Boxing Club, friends, coaches and other well-wishers have expressed their condolences and have placed a tribute on Cody’s Facebook page. The officials have extended their support and assistance to the families of the deceased.

Two American women died in the crash have been identified as Victoria McGrath and her roommate, Priscilla Perez. They were also on vacation in Dubai. Victoria McGrath was a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. She was only 23.


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