British Columbia

17-year-old dies after collision on way home from soccer practice

A 17-year-old soccer player has died following a collision Wednesday night in Surrey.

Travis Selje was a longtime member of the Surrey United Soccer Club

Friends of Travis Selje pay their respects at the crash scene in Cloverdale. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A 17-year-old man has died following a collision Wednesday night in Surrey.

Travis Selje was on his way home from soccer practice when the crash happened around 9 p.m. 

Surrey RCMP said a woman driving a black Cadillac collided with a vehicle near 64 Avenue and 168 Street around 9 p.m. and failed to stop at the scene.

The 22-year-old driver then hit a Honda Prelude near 64 Avenue and 176 Street. Two 17-year-olds — including Selje — were in that vehicle.

Selje died from his injuries on Friday.

'A gifted player'

The 17-year-old was a longtime member of the Surrey United Soccer Club.

Spiro Pergios, vice president of the organization, said other players admired him.

"Travis was the team captain, he was definitely the leader in the group," Pergios said.

"He was absolutely a gifted player ... a player that the whole team basically looked up to. He'll obviously be sorely missed."

Selje was selected to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps FB pre-residency program in 2015, returning to the Surrey club after one year.

Firefighters had to cut the roof off this car to free two patients trapped inside. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Pergios said Selje and a teammate were headed home from a practice in Cloverdate when the crash happened.

The VP said other players and coaches saw the collision as they were leaving themselves, later realizing that it was their teammate's car.

The driver of the Cadillac was arrested at the scene of the collision but has since been released from custody.

An RCMP officer at the scene said alcohol and drugs are being considered as factors in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.