'She was our rock': Family mourns death of Drayton Valley teen in possible carbon monoxide poisoning

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
December 22, 2017 - 2:31pm Updated: December 24, 2017 - 10:32am

A Drayton Valley family is in mourning after the sudden death of a teenage girl found unconscious in a running vehicle early Thursday morning.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., Mounties were responding to an unrelated call for service near 54 Street and 24 Avenue.

While patrolling the perimeter of the building the responding member observed a parked vehicle with the engine running.

Upon checking the vehicle, 16-year-old Shaina Ridenour and a 17-year-old male driver were discovered unconscious with a strong odour of exhaust fumes coming from inside the vehicle.

Ridenour was later pronounced dead in hospital while the 17-year-old was airlifted to Edmonton hospital in critical condition. 

In a message Friday to rdnewsNOW, Ridenour’s sister Breyanna Ridenour wrote that her death looked to be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.

She said her little sister was her best friend, and she went by the nickname “Snoop.”

"She was our rock. She was a little fire cracker with so much energy and love to give. She had an amazing and sometimes very - sarcastic personality that we loved so much. She was so beautiful and had the most amazing smile and distinctive laugh. I could honestly go on all day. She is and will always be loved and missed." 

No foul play is suspected and RCMP are not searching for any suspects. A mechanical inspection for the vehicle is scheduled on December 27. At this time, however, Corporal Chris Warren with RCMP Media Relations says there is nothing to suggest that the incident was intentional.

"We hope the examination of the vehicle can bring light to this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families and the community," said Warren. 

Drayton Valley Mayor Michael Doerksen called the incident tragic, and expressed his sympathies to the families affected.

"I send my deepest condolences to the families affected. Our town motto is pulling together, and as we have in the past it’s up to the community to support the family through this," said Doerksen. "When something like this happens in a small tight knit community, a lot of people are impacted."

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