Monday, October 26, 2009

Girl, 14, dies in Que. accident

A 14-year-old girl died early Sunday and a 15-year-old boy was left fighting for his life after a car accident in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que, police said.

The girl was in the trunk of the car while the gravely injured boy was in the backseat.

The car had been going the wrong way on the roadway called Chemins des Patriotes, police said. The car was neck and neck with another vehicle when the two vehicles hit each other.

The teenage girl was ejected on impact, said Martin Anctil, a spokesperson for police in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 45 kilometres southeast of Montreal.

Four other young people suffered minor injuries in the accident. The five in the second car escaped injury.

Police said the drivers in both cars were 17 years old and that both will face charges including dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Police said speed and recklessness — not alcohol — were responsible for the accident.

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