Oct 22, 2011 - FOUR TEENS KILLED IN CRASH NEAR GRANDE PRAIRIE (Grand Prairie Warriors case)

Four teens are dead and another remains in an Edmonton area hospital after a collision south of Grande Prairie early Saturday morning.

The five boys, all students at Grande Prairie Composite High School and members of the school's football team, had just left a party after midnight, and were traveling on the correction line of Highway 668 near Highway 40 when their car was struck by a pick-up truck.

A 21 year-old driver of the pick up, who is also from Grande Prairie, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, and allegedly fled the scene. He was arrested by police a short while later and remains in custody with charges pending, Cpl. Carol McKinley said in a release.

Two of the teens killed were 15-years-old, the other two were 16. Another 15-year-old boy was transported with critical injuries by STARS Air Ambulance to an Edmonton area hospital.

One of the victims has been identified by his family as 16 year-old Vincent Stover. His grandmother, Sheila Wilson, tells Global News he was a happy boy, who would always look after his two younger brothers, and was looking forward to getting his driver's license. She's devastated by the loss.

"There's shock and sadness and tears and anger and confusion and all kinds of emotions," she said. "It seems so very unfair that four of these very young lives have been snuffed out."

The crash has left the entire town reeling, and on Saturday afternoon, the mayor of Grande Prairie, Bill Given, posted these words of support on the social networking site, Twitter:

"In times like this we need to come together as a community & support one another as best we can. Lend the families your strength & prayers."

Meanwhile, RCMP are still trying to figure out how the collision occurred. Speed and alcohol are currently being investigated as potential, contributing factors.

This is the second fatal crash in Alberta this week involving teens. Last weekend, speed and driver inexperience were blamed in a rollover that killed four youth near the town of Magrath in southwestern Alberta. A funeral for those victims was held on Saturday.

A memorial for the teens killed in the Grande Prairie crash will be held at midnight tonight. Global Edmonton has a crew there, and will have updates as they become available.

Source: Global News Edmonton

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