Crash claims the life of 15-year-old girl on P.E.I.
ABRAMS VILLAGE, P.E.I. — A tragic accident on Prince Edward Island has claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl.
An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash that killed Destiny Lynn Arsenault, who died early Sunday when the car she was travelling in left the road and flipped several times.
Police say the car, driven by a 17-year-old male from Alberton, P.E.I., failed to negotiate a corner on Highway 11 near Abrams Village. It rolled several times over a distance of roughly 45 metres before it came to rest on its roof.
The driver made his way to a nearby home for help, breaking the man's front door window in panic.
"He was yelling ‘help, help help!' That's what he was saying," says homeowner Eric Gallant.
Gallant called 911 and went to see if he could help, but he says there was nothing he could do. Emergency crews arrived on the scene shortly after.
"It was a bit of a scramble at the beginning for first responders," says RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar. "They had to locate all the passengers in the vehicle. They learned very quickly there were four; one or two had been taken to nearby residents to be consoled and helped."
Arsenault was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver and two other passengers – a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl – were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Arsenault was a student at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, P.E.I. Her funeral will be held Tuesday morning.
RCMP say their investigation is still in its early stages and they aren't certain if charges will be laid against the driver.
"We know there were restrictions on his license because of the Graduated License Program on P.E.I.," says Blackadar. "Many of those conditions certainly are not to consumer alcohol before you drive, to have only family members in the vehicle. There's also time restrictions when you can be out on the road and that stops at midnight."
The accident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. and Blackadar says driver inexperience and alcohol may also have played a role.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jonathan MacInnis