COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – A teenager was killed and a child hurt after a collision at Mariner Way and Riverview Crescent in Coquitlam on Monday afternoon.
The Coquitlam RCMP confirms a 13-year-old girl was killed in the crash.
RCMP say five children were standing on a traffic island at around 3 p.m. on March 25. A grey Dodge Charger, travelling southbound on Mariner Way with the intention of turning left onto Riverview, collided with a black BMW travelling northbound on Mariner.
Two of the children, the 13-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy, were hit.
Both were taken to hospital, where the teen died of her injuries.
RCMP say the drivers of both cars are cooperating with police, and impairment and distraction don’t appear to be a factor in the collision.
The intersection re-opened late Monday.
Impairment or distraction not a factor in crash that killed 13/yo girl in #CoquitlamBC Five children were crossing when they were struck. Two taken to hospital. @CityNewsVAN @BT_Vancouver @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/Q1u3nne1OU
— Andrea Macpherson (@AMacOnAir) March 26, 2019
Traffic was blocked in all directions on both streets on Monday.
Emergency vehicles remained at the scene, and at least one of the vehicles involved was severely damaged. The cars have now been seized by police for further investigation.
Drivers were asked to use alternate routes and avoid the area when getting around. The RCMP says the investigation is in the early stages.
The BC Coroners Service is also investigating.
“The Coroners Service investigates all sudden and unexpected deaths in the province and will look to determine the circumstances surrounding her death,” said Andy Watson with the BC Coroners Service.
The condition of the six-year-old child who was injured is still unknown.