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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ashton Calliou

Sun news in Alberta:

A 15-year old girl was killled and her 12 year old friend badly injured when their allterrain vehicle slammed head on into an SUV on a gravel road in northwestern Alberta.

Beaverlodge RCMP said it appears neither girl was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, though one helmet was found at the scene.

Const. James Allemekinders said the two girls were on a four-wheel ATV heading north on Range Road 123 near Goodfare, 512 km northwest of Edmonton, when the quad hit a southbround Chevy Blazer head-on.

A slight bend in the gravel raod and tall bushes in the ditch along both sides of the road may have contributed to the crash, Allemekinders said.

"That likely played a factor in their ability to see the approaching vehicles."

Mounties say it appears the ATV was travelling on the wrong side of the country road when it was struck by the Blazer, which was unable to avoid hitting the quad.

Both girls were thrown from the quad.

Ashten Calliou, 15, of Goodfare, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Sarada Newhook, 12, of Goodfare, was taken to hospital in Edmonton, where she remains in stable condition.

The 30 year old Goodfare man driving the Blazer received minor injuries.

Ashten's grandmother Elsie Calliou said Ashten was a skilled hockey player who played all of Alberta and was planning to play in Ontario this year while attending school.

Elsie said she believes the two girls were headed to Ashten's other grandmother's place when the wreck occured.

Her parents and siblings - two brothers and one sister - are devastated by the loss of the young teen.

Police haven't yet determined who was driving the quad.

Alcohol isn't believed to have been a factor.

Allemekinders said quads are a popular mode of travel for teens in the rural area.

"Every farm has quads, and the farms have kids, so there's kids on quads."

Forever will you be remember, Ashton. May you rest in peace.

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