16-year-old girl dies, 2 sent to hospital in Maple Ridge crash
A crash in Maple Ridge B.C. early Tuesday killed a 16-year-old girl and sent two more people to hospital.
Friends have identified the victim as Annalise Gardner of Maple Ridge.
She was an aspiring actress and model and would have been entering Grade 11 in the fall.
“She was a very beautiful and intelligent 16-year-old girl,” said her friend Amber Johnson-Belanger. “She had many goals and she was always the happiest person you could see or come across.”
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The crash happened around 1 a.m. in the area of 248 Street and 128 Avenue.
Police say the vehicle drove off the road and went down an embankment.
Three people were inside the vehicle. Gardner was a passenger in the back seat.
Ridge Meadows RCMP say the male driver was extracted from the crash site and sent to hospital in serious condition. A male passenger was also extracted from the crash site and sent to hospital in critical condition.
Both men are Maple Ridge residents and 18 years of age.
A nearby resident told Global News that about two vehicles a year come down this embankment, but that he did not hear this crash.
Randy Bach said the corner is not lit and if someone does not know the area, then it is very easy to drive off the edge.
“If you don’t make that corner, you’re coming right now into our backyard,” he said.
There is no word on what caused the crash.
Ridge Meadows RCMP will only confirm a 16-year-old girl died in the crash.
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