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A SCENE OF SORROW – Emergency responders work at the scene of Monday morning’s double-fatality collision on Hamilton Boulevard in Whitehorse. A Haines Junction man faces criminal charges in connection with the tragedy.

Driver charged after two die in collision ( Revised )

Two teenagers died in Monday morning’s single-vehicle collision on Hamilton Boulevard, and charges have been laid against the driver.

By Whitehorse Star on May 14, 2019

Two teenagers died in Monday morning’s single-vehicle collision on Hamilton Boulevard, and charges have been laid against the driver.

The teenagers who died were Stallion Smarch, 19, and Faith Jakesta, 18.

Anthony Andre, 20, of Haines Junction, has been charged with two counts of the impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death, and one count of the impaired operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm.

Andre also faces associated charges relating to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level equal to or exceeding 80 mgs.

At around 6:30 a.m. Monday, Whitehorse RCMP, the Whitehorse Fire Department and Yukon Emergency Medical Services were called to the scene of the collision. It occurred about a kilometre south of Bigway Foods near Falcon Drive.

Smarch and Jakesta were found dead at the scene, and one male passenger was assessed.

The other male passenger was taken to Whitehorse General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Andre was arrested and taken to the hospital to be medically assessed.

He was later released into police custody, where he remained pending court appearances Tuesday afternoon and later this month.

At around 6:45 a.m., Hamilton Boulevard was closed to traffic in both directions between Falcon Drive and the Lobird traffic circle.

The road remained closed until approximately 2 p.m., while collision analysts completed their work at the scene.

Police are working with the Yukon Coroner’s Service on the investigation.

“Our community is grieving right now,” Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) Chief Doris Bill said Tuesday.

“The accident on Hamilton Boulevard claimed the lives of two of our young people and has injured others.

“On top of that, we are also grieving another young man who passed away on the weekend,” Bill added.

“Unfortunately, these families have very recently put other family members to rest. This is an extraordinary situation.

“Therefore, I am appealing to the larger community for financial assistance. These families have drained their financial resources and have to arrange other funeral services now.”

Any donations can be made at the front desk of the KDFN administration building. Staff will ensure the money is split between the two affected families.

“I just want to say to my community that this is a time for us to come together and support one another and hold one another up,” Bill said.

“Traditional and clinical counsellors are available at the Nàkwät’à Ku Potlatch House and the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre if anyone needs help. Please be safe and take care of one another.”

Comments (5)

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Juniper Jackson on May 18, 2019 at 8:59 pm

Change- your comment is heart felt, and so very well said. You are right.. it's not enough to say.. don't drink and drive.. everyone needs to act on that..

There are wider ranging consequences..this was a one car accident, would if it had been two? They were all young.. what potential is lost? Everyone grows up.. one of those young people, or maybe all of them might have invented something to save our oceans'.. found a cure for cancer, been the Mom or Dad of the child that would save the world.. so much possibility. When we lose our young, it is a tragedy of epic proportions.

As a mother, losing one of my children would be the worst thing that could happen to me..God bring peace to those loved ones that are dealing with this grief. My heart hurts for all of you.

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Change on May 16, 2019 at 12:56 pm

It is so sad that impaired driving is still such a problem in our society. Why do people still do it? Why do we not stop our friends and family? And why Oh why do we get into the vehicle with someone who should not be driving? As a society we have to start taking responsibility for our own actions. If your friend or loved one will not listen to you, take their keys away. Or call 911. Let them be mad at you. At least they will be alive and hopefully they will forgive you. If not they were not your friend anyway. Let's fight back against these tragic and senseless deaths.

And if you can not stop someone from driving away PLEASE DO NOT GET INTO THE VEHICLE WITH THEM. Maybe if people stop riding with them, they may think twice about driving. And you can save yourself.

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Valley girl on May 15, 2019 at 6:28 pm

EMPATHY.....we have all had decisions made when we were too young to fathom the dire consequences. As parents we advise the best knowledge at the time and hope it sinks in, but not with such life changing circumstances. I know I could have been with those kids back in the day, let’s have EMPATHY for this KID who didn’t start his day thinking I think I’m gonna kill my friends. My sincere condolences to all of the families and extended families.

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Miles Canyon on May 15, 2019 at 4:31 pm

Seems that needless deaths happen far too often.

So sad for everyone.

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YT on May 14, 2019 at 3:03 pm

Alcohol destroys more young peoples dreams than anything else.

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