Charges laid in connection with fatal collision

Lethbridge Police have charged two drivers in connection with a collision last month that claimed the life of a 17-year-old girl.

On July 25, 2016 at approximately 3:15 p.m. police responded to a three-vehicle collision on Westside Drive West south of Highway 3.‎ Investigation determined a southbound Saturn, driven by a 16-year-old girl, had slowed to a stop in the driving lane when it was rear-ended by a Ford F150, driven by a 37-year-old male. The impact pushed the Saturn into the northbound lane where it was hit a second time by a northbound truck. Further investigation determined just prior to the crash the Ford F150 had been travelling in excess of the posted speed limit and the driver had momentarily looked away from the road.

The driver of the Saturn, along with a 17-year-old female passenger, were both taken to hospital. The drive sustained minor, non-life-threatening injuries but the passenger, identified as Paige Shawna Melanson, sustained life-threatening injuries and was subsequently transferred to Calgary hospital by STARS where she later died. The occupants of the other vehicles did not require hospital treatment.

A 16-year-old female, of Lethbridge, who cannot be named, is charged with impeding/blocking traffic. She is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 21.

Tyson Kirk Smith, 37, of Coalhurst, is charged with careless driving. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 20.

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For media inquiries contact

Sgt. Wade Davidson
Traffic Response Unit
Lethbridge Police Service
403-330-5028