WATCH: A 15-year-old boy is dead after a car crash in Ladysmith. The other teens in the car suffered minor injuries. Kendall Hanson has more on what happened and how the young victim is being remembered.
Brian McCullough is feeling extremely shaken after he woke up Saturday morning to a horrible crash.
He called 911 after a car had landed just outside his home in Ladysmith.
“We heard the crash and we could hear the kids were pretty frantic so that’s what we woke up to,” said McCullough. “We came up to the road and obviously the vehicle had come down over the embankment.”
Police say a car was travelling south along Brenton Page Road when it went off the right side.
It plummeted approximately 150 feet down an embankment before it came to rest on Reiber Road below.
When first responders arrived a 15-year-old passenger had already passed away. The 16-year-old driver and two passengers suffered minor injuries.
“I’m a father and a grandfather and I just can’t imagine what the family is going through,” said McCullough. “Both my wife and I would like to give our condolences to the family.”
McCullough says other cars have plummeted over the embankment over the years and there are cement barriers in some sections but it’s not enough.
“Now that there’s been a death I think the ministry of highways needs to fill that section in with barriers so that no one else can go off,” said McCullough. “There’s a corner and sometimes people don’t make the correction on the corner.”
The victim is described as a quiet, hard-working athlete who touched many with his sly grin and his warm heart.
He hasn’t been publicly identified but the Nanaimo District Lacrosse Association in a statement says “a young life was taken far too soon and tragically. This midget player was an amazing young man, terrific athlete and a friend to so many.”
“Hold your loved ones close tonight, say a prayer for those affected and tomorrow, cheer extra loud for a life taken too soon.”