Family and friends of the two young victims of Monday afternoon’s vehicle crash have flooded their social media accounts with news of the tragedy.
The victims were Cody Kehler and his girlfriend Chantal MacLean when they lost control at a curve on Highway 10 between Highway 91 and 120th Street in Delta. The vehicle was traveling on the westbound direction and crossed into the eastbound lanes, leading to a five-vehicle accident.
Both 17-year-old victims were on their way to the Kehler family’s Thanksgiving dinner.
“It is with a broken heart I share this news,” wrote Shakeira MacLean on her Facebook. “Last night, my beautiful little sister, Chantal, passed away in a car accident. I can’t cry enough tears to make it better. It doesn’t feel real.”
“They both passed away instantly because of the impact of the crash and we were told there was no suffering. I don’t know what to say other than this feels so unfair. My heart aches.”
The teenagers were well known students at Clayton Heights Secondary and would have finished their last year of high school in June.
They also shared an affinity for rugby: MacLean played for her high school team while Kehler competed for the BC Happy Water U17 provincial squad, which won nationals this past summer. Their coaches issued the following statements upon news of their passing:
- BC Under 18 Women’s team manager Brad Baker on Chantal: “She was a fantastic person on and off the rugby field. She was the ultimate team mate who would do whatever it took for the team to be successful. Chantal was a passionate individual who was always trying to be a better rugby player and more importantly a better person. Chantal will be missed by the rugby community near and far.”
- BC Under 18 Men’s coach Curry Hitchborn on Cody: “He was selected not only for his athletic capabilities but for his character. Forthright and humble, as well as diligent and conscientious. He was exactly what a coach looks for when selecting an elite team. Cody was well liked by his teammates and staff and managed to earn himself the nickname ‘Clark Kent’ for his off field demeanor. An excellent student, brave young man with an ability to put those around him at ease will be irreplaceable. Cody is a model I will refer to in the future for other aspiring athletes.”
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