A 21 year-old Grande Prairie man is facing nearly a dozen charges in relation to a fatal crash that claimed the lives of four teens early Saturday morning near Grande Prairie.

Brendan Holubowich has been charged with 11 offences, including 4 counts of impaired driving causing death, 1 count of impaired driving causing bodily harm, and 1 count of failing to remain at the the scene of an accident.

Holubowich was driving on Highway 668 near Highway 40 when his pick-up truck collided with a car carrying five teen boys, all students at Grande Prairie Composite High School.

Four of the boys, 16 year-olds Mathew Deller and Vincent Stover and 15 year-olds Walter Borden-Wilkins and Tanner Hildebrand, were killed in the crash. Zak Judd, 15, was airlifted with critical injuries to an Edmonton hospital, where he is currently in stable condition.

"It's so senseless and such a terrible loss of all those young people," said Vincent Stover's grandmother, Sheila Wilson. "To have four young people snuffed out like that, it makes no sense."

All five of the teens were on their school football team. And in a touching tribute, about a thousand people donned the school colours, black and orange, and filled the Legion Fields football field, releasing orange balloons into the sky at a midnight candle-light vigil in memory of the four lives lost.

"It's actually it's really impressive," said the victims' friend, Taven Roterf at the vigil. "All the other football teams have come. A lot of the people that you wouldn't expect to come are here. They made quite an impact on a lot of people."

The students won't have classes Monday because of a scheduled Professional Development day, but the school principal and coach, Rick Gilson, says there will be grief counselling made available to those who need it.

"Our school will be continuing to work with our students, and our staff and parents in the next few days," he said.

In the meantime, the grieving students and community will be leaning on each other for support.

Source: Global News Edmonton

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