Young girl and her father identified as victims of horrific Hwy 63 crash
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2012 5:07PM MDT
Friends have identified two more victims of a fiery crash on Highway 63, which left a total of seven people dead last week.
CTV News has learned 11-year-old Faith Kondusky Sennett and her father Daniel Sennett were in a northbound truck, with another person on their way to Fort McMurray Friday afternoon, when their vehicle collided with a southbound truck carrying six people.
Passersby tried to save the young girl, she was pulled from the burning wreckage and then airlifted to hospital in Edmonton, but she succumbed to her injuries that evening.
Kondusky Sennett and her family are originally from St. Catharines, Ontario – the family moved to Fort McMurray four years ago, and a short time later Faith and Daniel moved to the Calgary area.
Monsignor Anton Szmychalski, from the church Kondusky Sennett and her family attended in Ontario, said the news of the young girl's death was shocking to the community, and it will be difficult to heal from the tragedy.
"It will take some time to heal," Monsignor Szmychalski said in a phone interview from St. Catharines. "And of course, you are never going to forget."
Szmychalski told CTV News a celebration of life will be held for Faith in Ontario this week, and said she would be remembered as a bright, helpful girl.
"When we have coffee after mass, she would often – if someone couldn't carry [their coffee] – she would carry it to the table, and clean up their cups at the end, anything that she could do to be helpful."
This week, the Catholic School Board in Airdrie sent a letter home to parents – informing them of Faith's death.
CTV News has learned a Critical Incident Response Team is helping students and staff members at the school grieve – prayers and comforting letters are being collected to be given to the family.
"It is a very close-knit community, so it was good for students to have that opportunity," Janet Corsten, a spokesperson with the school said. "They'll be able to provide that to the family."
Also killed in the crash were a pastor from Fort McMurray, Shannon Wheaton, along with his wife and their son Benjamin, their friend Courtney Penney, who was six months pregnant – all of whom were in the southbound vehicle.
Two others in the southbound truck survived the crash, Mark Penney suffered serious injuries in the crash, and is still undergoing treatment in hospital in Edmonton, while the Wheaton's oldest son Timothy suffered minor injuries and was also treated in Edmonton.
A third person in the northbound truck was also killed in the crash, that person's identity has not been confirmed.
RCMP investigators hope to release more information on the crash later this week.
With files from Sean Amato