Police are stressing the dangers of allowing youngsters behind the wheel after a 12-year-old Mackenzie girl was killed when a Jeep driven by an 11-year-old girl flipped on a forest service road.
RCMP Sgt. Dan Moskaluk said a 41-year-old man was supervising the young driver when she lost control of the vehicle about six kilometres out of town.
“We see time and time again the situation of an adult supervising an unlicensed driver,” Moskaluk told The Province. “There’s a lot of risks involved – here’s a situation where something went terribly wrong.
“There are reasons why laws are in place,” said Moskaluk, noting that driver training involves studying rules and regulations before getting behind the wheel. “The 11-year-old was driving and lost control of the vehicle, and it ended up on its side.”
A person close to the three individuals involved said the accident has taken its toll.
“It’s a lot for the family,” said the man, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“There’s a lot of grieving going on.” The tragic accident is hitting home for the small town 190 kilometres north of Prince George.
“It’s a lot for the community to take right now,” he said.
The fatal accident happened at about 7 p.m. Friday on the Causeway Forest Service Road. The 12-year-old died at the scene. All three people in the 1994 Jeep YJ are from the Mackenzie area.
Mackenzie RCMP Sgt. Sydney Lecky said “the impact on the community and in our elementary and high schools has been significant.
“Investigators and RCMP Victim Assistance workers continue to work with the community in providing support to the affected families.”