British Columbia

Girl killed in Coquitlam crash was 13 years old, RCMP say

The RCMP has confirmed a 13-year-old girl died in a multi-vehicle crash Monday afternoon that involved five children, one of whom was killed and another who was seriously injured.

BMW spun onto island where 5 kids were standing after collision at Mariner Way and Riverview Crescent Monday

One person has died after a two-vehicle collision involving five pedestrians in Coquitlam Monday. (Shane MacKichan)

The 13-year-old girl killed in a multiple-vehicle crash in Coquitlam Monday was walking to the park with four other kids when the tragic collision occurred.

That's the belief of Coquitlam RCMP, which confirmed the age of the girl who died Tuesday. Police also confirmed that a six-year-old boy was seriously injured.

Two cars collided at the intersection of Mariner Way and Riverview Crescent at approximately 2:49 p.m. PT.

RCMP said the impact caused one of the cars to spin onto a raised traffic island where the five children were standing, waiting to cross the street.

A memorial has been building at the intersection of Mariner Way and Riverview Crescent in Coquitlam where a 13-year-old girl, a pedestrian, was killed in a crash. One card, hand-written in ink, read, "Do not need to know you to know a life lost too soon." (Lien Yeung/CBC)

The 13-year-old girl, from Coquitlam, and a six-year-old boy were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Soon after arriving at the hospital, police said, the girl died.

Police said two other girls, 17 and 10, were on the traffic island when the crash occurred, as well as another boy, aged 11.

Debris was seen strewn all about the area. (Shane MacKichan)

Cars involved seized for investigation

Both drivers involved are co-operating with police.

Investigators do not believe impairment or distraction are a factor in the incident. They are looking into the role speed played, however.

RCMP said a grey Dodge Charger was travelling southbound on Mariner Way intending to turn left onto Riverview Crescent when it collided with a black BMW travelling northbound on Mariner Way.

A previous news release from RCMP said three vehicles were involved in the collision. However, further investigation revealed that was not the case.

The area around the intersection, a hilly part of the city filled with single-family homes and forested areas, was shut down for hours as investigators worked.

A father and teenaged daughter were seen leaving the crash site in tears after leaving a card and flowers. (Lien Yeung/CBC)

With files from Lien Yeung