Family wants answers to teen's death on Trans-Canada
Alberta's Stoney Nakoda First Nation held a roadside memorial for Brittany Bearspaw on Wednesday. The 16-year-old girl's body was found in a ditch alongside the Trans-Canada Highway on New Year's Day.
Police believe she was hit on the highway on New Year's Eve. They say none of the drivers stopped to help.
Police say she tried to cross the highway and was hit by a car. While lying in the road she was hit by at least two more vehicles.
"We believe that she was struck initially and then there were other cars that ran her over at that point," said RCMP Const. Doug Lee.
McFarland Powder Face of the Stoney First Nation said his nephew tried to wave down the drivers, but "people just kept driving by, driving by."
There is no light on that stretch of the Trans-Canada, it's possible, police say, drivers thought they hit a deer, or they may not have even realized they hit something at all.
Police have little to go on. A few pieces of plastic and metal, but no vehicles to match them to.
Bearspaw's family hopes someone will turn themselves in. "I want justice because the people who did this treated her like an animal. I want these people to come and show themselves," said Tasha Bearspaw, the victim's cousin.
Her family said she was supposed to be at home in Morley, babysitting.
A funeral is planned for Saturday.