The family of the Grade 6 girl who died after being pinned by a minivan that crashed into her classroom in St. Paul, Alta. on Thursday says she was a happy girl with a passion for dance.

Megan Wolitski died in an Edmonton hospital on Friday.

"We would like Megan to be remembered for the incredible girl that she was. She loved her family and loved to take care of her sister and baby cousins," her family wrote in an emailed statement.


Megan Wolitski died in hospital Friday, one day after a minivan crashed into her Grade 6 classroom, injuring her and seven classmates. (Les Miskolzie)

Megan and two other girls were critically injured when a van smashed through a ground-floor window of Racette Junior High School on Thursday morning. All three were flown to Edmonton hospital. One was upgraded to stable condition on Thursday afternoon.

Five other students were taken to hospital in St. Paul.

"We ask that you pray for her classmates who are still recovering from their serious injuries," the statement said.

Megan's family said she was a Girl Guide who was looking forward to an upcoming trip to Switzerland with her unit.

Police have charged the driver of the van, Richard Edward Benson, 46, with three counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, one count of resisting arrest and one count of possession of marijuana.