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Former Aecon CEO Paul Philip Koenderman killed in flying wheel accident

Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm EST

Paul Philip Koenderman died in hospital on Wednesday night. PHOTO: CITYNEWS

TORONTO – Paul Philip Koenderman, the former CEO of Aecon Industrial Group, has been identified as the motorist killed Wednesday morning when his SUV was hit by wheel that flew off a truck on Highway 400 north of Toronto.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt identified Koenderman, 69, as the driver of the SUV who was taken to hospital after the accident.

The company confirmed his death.

Schmidt said a southbound tractor-trailer lost a set of tandem tires from its right rear side and they bounced into the northbound lanes, hitting Koenderman’s SUV, causing him to lose control and drive into a ditch.

The impact crushed the hood, shattered the windshield and crumpled half of the SUV’s roof.

Paramedics freed Koenderman, who was trapped under the buckled metal. He was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died late Wednesday night.

“His leadership and contributions leave a lasting legacy in our organization and he will be dearly missed,” Teri McKibbon, Aecon Group’s CEO and president, said in a statement.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends as we share in their loss during this incredibly difficult time.”

Although no longer Aecon’s chief executive, Koenderman continued to serve as senior adviser to the construction and infrastructure development company.