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Moyie crash victims identified

Slocan Valley teens Joel William Drew Franklin and Lyla-Maria Arcilla Mortensen were the victims of a crash near Moyie on Thursday afternoon. - Facebook photo
Slocan Valley teens Joel William Drew Franklin and Lyla-Maria Arcilla Mortensen were the victims of a crash near Moyie on Thursday afternoon.
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BC Coroners Service has identified the Slocan Valley teens who were killed in a motor vehicle accident near Moyie on Thursday afternoon.

The female was Lyla-Maria Arcilla Mortensen, 18, of Slocan, and the male was Joel William Drew Franklin, 19, from Winlaw.

Mortenson was driving with Franklin in the passenger seat when they lost control of the vehicle and collided with a pickup truck on highway 3/95 about 24 kilometres southwest of Cranbrook.

Both were deceased at the scene. Their families have been notified and a Facebook memorial page set up for their friends to post condolences.

"Lyla was an amazing spirit. She was filled with such beauty and smiles," Erynn Stark wrote on the memorial page. "Every day I saw her, she was filled with such a glow of happiness that shined on everybody else."

Philip Altman posed his memory of Franklin on the page: "You were a smart individual and always told things the way they were. You were a great friend and will be sorely missed by a lot of people."

The accident occurred on December 5 at about 12:25 p.m. Road conditions were very icy at the time.

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