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Impaired driving charges laid after 17-year-old girl killed on O’Chiese First Nation

A 17-year-old woman died after being struck by a vehicle on O'Chiese First Nation, according to RCMP.
A 17-year-old woman died after being struck by a vehicle on O'Chiese First Nation, according to RCMP. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lee Brown

Impaired driving charges were laid after a 17-year-old teenager was fatally hit by a vehicle on O’Chiese First Nation in central Alberta late last month.

The pedestrian fatality happened just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, when RCMP from Rocky Mountain House responded to a complaint of a disturbance on the First Nation.

When they arrived, officers found a young woman who had been struck by a vehicle.

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She was transported to hospital with critical injuries, where she died on Monday.

The 22-year-old woman who was driving the vehicle was arrested on scene.

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On Thursday, RCMP said Shania Destiny Lynn Whitehorse has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death and impaired operation of a motor vehicle over 80 mgs% (over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood) causing death.

The name of the victim was not be released because she was underage, RCMP said.

Shania Whitehorse is scheduled to appear in court in Rocky Mountain House on March 4.

O’Chiese First Nation is about 140 kilometres west of Red Deer.