A 13-year-old girl killed early Monday when she was struck by two vehicles on the Trans-Canada Highway in Duncan has been identified as Selena Natasha Joe.
She had been in a group of young people crossing the highway at Boys Road about 3:30 a.m. when she was hit by a car and injured. The driver stopped to help, but when another driver approached minutes later and switched lanes to avoid the first vehicle, Joe was struck again and fatally injured.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. An 18-year-old male was also hit by the second vehicle, and was taken to Cowichan District Hospital with injuries described as significant but not believed to be life-threatening.
The impact of the collision sent the male flying through the air.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday said investigators still hope others in the group who left before police arrived will come forward.
“We’re asking that some of the teenagers that were present come in and talk to us.”
She said there are traffic sensors at the intersection, so the light stays green unless cars are waiting at Boys Road. The highway speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour, but neither speed nor alcohol appears to be involved in either collision, she said.
Hobday said both drivers are upset — one had been on his way to work and the other had just finished work. “I think the fact that the victim is so young is going to make it even more difficult to move forward. That would be hard on anybody.”
A Facebook page called RIP Natasha Joe indicates she had an interest in horses, and says she will be fondly remembered.
“I will always miss you 24/7,” says another Facebook note. One entry calls Natasha “my everything,” while another says, “I just can’t believe you are gone to heaven!”
Police said Joe was conscious and in pain after first being hit. The driver got out of his car and put a blanket over her, and some members of the group were also trying to help.
Hobday said Joe was set to enter Grade 8.
She had been attending Quamichan Middle School, according to her Facebook profile, and was nicknamed Bambi.
The highway was closed after the incident as traffic analysts examined the area. Traffic was rerouted along Allenby Road.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 250-748-5522.
With a file from the Cowichan Valley Citizen
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