Advertisement

Mother of teen girl killed by train says distracted driving to blame

Kailynn Bursic-Panchuk died Aug. 22 after a vehicle and train collided near Weyburn. GoFundMe

Kailynn Bursic-Panchuk, the 17-year-old who was fatally struck by a train near Weyburn on Aug. 16, died as a result of distracted driving, according to a social media post from her mother.

The post claims that Bursic-Panchuk was following Google Maps and that she “looked down and did not even see the train.”

Note: This post contains language some readers may find offensive. Discretion is advised. 
Story continues below advertisement

The emotional post begs other drivers to stay off their phones so that they will not have to feel the “heartache, pain, anger, helplessness and emptiness that I feel every second of every day.”

RCMP and CP Rail have yet to release official findings from their investigation into the collision, which happened around 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 16.

READ MORE: Teenage girl dies from injuries suffered in collision with train near Weyburn, Sask.

Bursic-Panchuk was taken to hospital in Regina for surgery before being transferred to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon for monitoring and testing.

She died Aug. 22, just one day after her 17th birthday.

A celebration of her life is being held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Weyburn Comprehensive School, Cugnet Centre. A scholarship fund in her memory has been created.

Sponsored content