Crash that killed two, injured two others happened on graduation road trip

Four friends in a fiery crash that killed two of them just wanted to have a fun road trip to celebrate graduation, says a father, who pleaded with them to stay closer to home.

CALGARY — Four friends in a fiery crash that killed two of them just wanted to have a fun road trip to celebrate graduation, says a father, who pleaded with them to stay closer to home.

A Honda CRV carrying 18-year-olds Lena Elliott, Ben Harms, Mikelle Hendrickson and Kylie Doxtater from Calgary went off the road, down a ravine and crashed into trees near Olympia, Wash., on Sunday night.

Hendrickson and Doxtater were killed and Elliott and Harms, who remain in Washington hospitals, were critically injured.

Elliott’s dad, Danny Elliott, said he begged his daughter to make it a local trip.

“They just wanted to have a road trip to California,” he said in a telephone interview from her hospital room.

“I begged them to go to Banff and go camping, but when they’re 18 and they just graduated Grade 12, they wanted to have a road trip.”

Elliott was sitting in the front passenger seat of the SUV while Harms drove. She has a broken back and neck, but will survive, although it will be a long recovery, her father said.

“Lena has lots of goals, (such as) going to university. Now her goal is wake up and walk.”

Before sending him to hospital, police arrested Harms on charges of vehicular assault, which might be upgraded to vehicular homicide. Officers say they suspect drugs may have been involved.

“It just looks like Ben went to sleep,” Danny Elliot said. “If it turns out he was (under the influence), you bet he should be charged.”

Just Posted

Officials report some headway on wildfires, but thick smoke hangs over B.C.

Wildfire crews report some headway was made over the weekend battling hundreds… Continue reading

WATCH: Central Albertans learn about farm life at Sunnybrook Farm Museum

Pioneer Days Festival in Red Deer Saturday-Sunday

Raising awareness for Bikers Against Child Abuse

Second annual Raise A Ruckus Against Child Abuse was held at the Red Deer Radisson Hotel Saturday

Number of seniors who play bridge in Red Deer growing

Red Deer Bridge Club has been around for close to 60 years

Central Alberta Yogathon cancelled Saturday

Due to air quality concerns the fourth annual event will take place Sept. 15

WATCH: Medicine River Wildlife Centre opens new playground

The grand opening of the playground was Saturday morning

Police chiefs want new data-sharing treaty with U.S. as privacy questions linger

OTTAWA — Canada’s police chiefs are pressing the Trudeau government to sign… Continue reading

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the… Continue reading

Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

ESCUMINAC, N.B. — Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance… Continue reading

Trudeau formally announces he’ll run again in next year’s election

MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau will run again in the 2019 federal election.… Continue reading

Smoke from B.C. wildfires prompts air quality advisories across Western Canada

VANCOUVER — More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of… Continue reading

Anti-pipeline protesters released days before weeklong jail sentences end

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — Several pipeline protesters were released from a British… Continue reading

All eyes on Andrew Scheer as Conservative convention set for Halifax

OTTAWA — After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Conservative Leader Andrew… Continue reading

Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month