Cape Breton Regional Police say two teens killed in a Saturday morning car crash were in a stolen vehicle.
The accident happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday on Kings Road in Sydney. A vehicle struck two utility poles, a fire hydrant and a light post head-on.
Fergus Tyler MacKinnon, 17, and Mathew Gerard Fitzgerald, 15, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both teens were from Sydney.
"The vehicle involved in the collision had been stolen moments prior to the incident," said Staff Sgt. Robert Walsh of the Cape Breton Regional Police. He said the owners of Dodge Journey reported it stolen after realizing it was missing from their driveway.
"It doesn't change the nature of the investigation into the collision itself, other than trying to find details as to how they came to possess the vehicle in the first place."
Walsh said the skid marks on the road and the damaged poles and hydrant indicate that speed was a factor.
The vehicle will undergo a mechanical inspection early this week.
Friends in shock
The teens were both students at Sydney Academy High School.
Friends of the boys gathered at the scene of the accident Saturday afternoon to lay flowers.
"You don't believe something like that, when someone says that to you," said Bailey Fudge, a classmate of one of the teens.
"Everyone will miss them, they were friends with everyone," Michelle Kehoe said tearfully.
Staff Sgt. Robert Walsh, who was at the scene, said the police want to help bring the family answers to give them closure.
"It's a tragic loss, our hearts go out to the families of the victims," he said. "It's going to resonate right through the school where these boys went, their family, their friends."
The high school principal, Kevin Deveaux, said a crisis intervention team will be at the school Monday to help the students come to grips with the loss.