A 15-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle and killed in Fort Saskatchewan over the weekend has been identified.
RCMP said the teen was struck by the vehicle at around 6 a.m. Saturday, at the intersection of Highway 21 and 84 Street in the community northeast of Edmonton.
The victim, who has been identified as Jesse McPhee, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The teen was a student at a high school within Elk Island Public Schools. A spokesperson with the school division said Monday that counsellors have been brought in to assist students, teachers and staff as needed.
RCMP said Saturday that drugs and alcohol were not considered factors.
“Matters like this are tragic,” Const. Patrick Lambert said Saturday.
“The loss of life in any incident impacts an entire community. Our thoughts are with all those affected.”
The driver of the vehicle, a 54-year-old woman, was not injured, according to police.
RCMP could not say which way the vehicle was driving nor which road the teen was crossing.
The intersection was closed to traffic for several hours Saturday while the RCMP conducted its investigation.
The Fort Saskatchewan community is reeling following the teen’s death, and the death of a baby boy that occurred in the city Saturday night.
“They are unrelated but at the end of the day, I can tell you that this has been a very difficult weekend,” Insp. Mike McCauley with the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP said Monday.
“Any time lives are lost, it’s very difficult.”
A 30-year-old man is charged with second-degree murder in the death of the one-year-old, who is the man’s son.
A joint vigil is being planned at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carscadden Park in Fort Saskatchewan to remember both victims.
Police would not say whether charges are pending.