A memorial including a cross made from skateboards stands at the site where a 17-year-old boy died in a car crash on Camp River Road on Sunday evening (May 22).
At around 10.30pm on Sunday, rescuers were dispatched to the scene opposite a dairy farm along the quagmire. A car was off the road in trees and partially submerged in Camp Slough water.
In addition to the driver, there were three passengers in the vehicle. The 17-year-old boy was pinned down and unconscious when firefighters arrived.
Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Krista Vrolyk said the boy died tragically. The other three were treated for injuries.
“I can tell you speed and alcohol are scrutinized,” Vrolyk said. Progress.
“School District 33 Victim Services has been engaged for those in need.”
At the moment, Progress does not print the name of the victim as it has not been officially published or made public by friends or family.
“Our deepest and most sincere condolences are sent,” Vrolyk said. “This is a tragic incident that will certainly have a profound impact on our community for a long time to come.”
Young people dying in vehicle accidents along Chilliwack’s waterways are all too common.
In 2020 two young women, Ruby Kingma and Rachel Plowman, died as passengers in a car accident along Ballam Road in the Fraser River.
The accident happened near the memorial to Connor Dash and Gerritt Niessen, who died when the van they were traveling in entered the Fraser River off Ballam Road in 2016.
– with files by Jenna Hauck
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