One student killed, another injured in 'terrible incident' in Drayton Valley

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
December 21, 2017 - 9:49pm Updated: December 22, 2017 - 10:21am

DRAYTON VALLEY- RCMP are investigating after a teen girl was discovered dead and a teen boy was found critically injured early Thursday morning in Drayton Valley.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., Mounties were responding to an unrelated call for service near the Omniplex on 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, a 16-year-old female passenger and 17-year-old male driver were discovered unconscious.

Fire and EMS were dispatched and attended the scene and noted a strong odour of exhaust fumes from inside the vehicle.

Unfortunately the 16-year-old female was pronounced dead at hospital and the 17-year-old male was air lifted to an Edmonton hospital in critical condition.

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. 

One of the teens attended Frank Maddock High School and the other Drayton Valley Community Outreach School, according to the Wild Rose School Division.

Brad Volkman, superintendent of schools, says a crisis team was brought to help everyone cope.

“This is an awful tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, students, staff and communities impacted by this event,” Volkman said.

The principals for both schools are also offering their condolences.

“Our school is like a family and I know this hurts us all,” stated Drayton Valley Community Outreach School Principal, Kim Desmarais. “Together we will support each other as we grieve.”

“Words can’t do justice for how our school body is feeling right now,” stated Frank Maddock High School Principal, Shelly Cloke. “I know our school and community will support everyone and help each other get through this terrible time.”

Parents whose children will not be attending classes Friday are asked to call Frank Maddock High School at 780-542-4401 or Drayton Valley Community Outreach School 780-548-1551.


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