Highway 11 tragedy results in massive marijuana bust
$600,000 shipment found concealed in bed of pick-up truck
There's been another turn in an already strange and tragic death of a girl killed after being hit by a pick-up truck on Highway 11, west of Rocky Mountain House, last month.
A 51-year-old man now faces charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
On Nov. 22, a 14-year-old girl from Eden Valley Reserve west of Nanton, Alta., was struck by a pickup truck about 40 km west of Rocky Mountain House while she was walking on the highway.
The driver stopped, but was attacked by the people inside an SUV parked nearby.
The SUV occupants collected the injured teen and headed east towards Rocky Mountain House, only to run off the road into the ditch, where police came upon them.
Several of the occupants had been drinking, said police, who eventually charged the driver with impaired driving.
Paramedics were called, but the girl died before reaching hospital.
Police pieced together the events, tracking down the pickup driver further up the road.
He was taken to hospital and released, but five days later police executed a search warrant on his truck, finding 171 lbs of packaged marijuana concealed within the box.
Police believe the shipment, valued at nearly $600,000, came from British Columbia to Alberta.