Vigil planned for UOIT student killed in accident

A memorial for Rhyss Glenfield, 19, a UOIT student who was killed yesterday at Simcoe St. and Conlin Rd. has been growing since it appeared earlier this morning. Photo credit: Morgan Kelly

Durham Regional Police have identified a student who was killed in an accident near the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) campus Wednesday.

Rhyss Glenfield, 19, a first-year game development student, was killed in an accident at the intersection of Conlin Road and Simcoe Street in Oshawa at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

UOIT president Dr. Steven Murphy has announced the school will hold a vigil for the campus community at 5:15 p.m. today at the intersection.

Durham Regional Police say Glenfield was from Mitchell, Ont. A small memorial which includes a teddy bear, flowers and candles has been set up beside the intersection.

According to police, a 2018 Toyota RAV4 was heading southbound on Simcoe St. when it hit a median and the pedestrian.

In his email, Dr. Murphy said, “we understand that other students and staff rushed to his aid, doing all they could.” According to police, Glenfield was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to Const. George Tudos, no charges have been laid.

An earlier email sent to the UOIT community by Dr. Murphy expresses the condolences of the faculty and student body.

“The thoughts of our campus community are with those affected by this tragedy,” said Dr. Murphy’s email.

Due to the accident, flags on both the UOIT and Durham College campus are at half-mast.

The email from UOIT also informed the university community that counselling services are available to assist students, faculty and staff through the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454 or through Student Mental Health Services at 905-721-3392 or at

Members of the Durham College community can also call the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454 or Aspiria at 1-877-234-5327 to access counselling services.