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Selina Natasha Joe killed by car at the TCH and Boys Road intersection 3 a.m. Monday
A 13-year-old girl struck and killed at the Trans-Canada Highway and Boys Road intersection at 3 a.m. Monday morning has been identified as Selina Natasha Joe, confirmed B.C. Coroners Service’s Barb McLintock.
“Shortly after 3 a.m. this morning, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP members attended to the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Boys Road in response to a report a pedestrian (who was part of a group of youths) had been struck while crossing the highway,” said Cpl. Krista Hobday in a press release.
“Upon arrival it was determined a group of local youths were crossing the highway from west to east at the intersection when a 13-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle travelling northbound.
“The driver stopped immediately and attempted to assist the girl who had been struck. The girl was conscious and in considerable pain,” explained Hobday. “Moments later, before police and ambulance arrived, a second vehicle also travelling northbound made a lane change to avoid the first vehicle and struck both the girl and an 18-year-old male.”
The male, who was part of the group of youth involved, suffered significant injuries and was transported to Cowichan District Hospital.
Hobday confirmed Tuesday his injuries were non-life threatening.
Joe, a member of Cowichan Tribes, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This is one of those things people will remember for a long time,” said Hobday of the tragedy, noting it’s too early to speculate what exactly happened.
B.C. Coroners Services is continuing its investigation.
“They want to be able to include all factors that may have contributed to the collision, that’s why they would do a toxicology test on the victim,” said Hobday.
Police investigation also currently continues, but preliminary findings suggest neither alcohol or excessive speed were factors on the part of either driver involved in this incident.
There is also belief other youths may have witnessed the collision but left the scene on foot prior to police attendance. They are urged to contact police at 250-748-5522.