At least one member of the Valleyview senior hockey team has been killed in a weekend crash that left three people dead and two more injured.
The Edmonton Sun reports Brendon Birnie-Browne, one of two brothers to play for the NPHL’s Valleyview Jets, was killed on Friday night, when the vehicle he was travelling in collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 43, about 13 kilometers west of Valleyview.
Five people were in the pickup at the time of the crash, which resulted in all five getting ejected from their truck.
Initial police reports suggest the pickup crossed the centre line into the eastbound lane, causing a head-on collosion with the semi. Police say speed and alcohol were possible factors in the crash.
21 year-old Brendon Birnie-Browne, and two others were killed. The Edmonton Sun reports one of them was Annah Reimer, while the Peace River Stampeders fan forum suggests the other was Anthony Sarrison, another member of the Jets. The two other passengers, including Brendon’s brother Richard Birnie-Browne, also a Jet, suffered what police have called limited injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer unit was unhurt.
The tragedy has shaken the small community, with tributes already pouring in to the Stampeders fan forum and social networking site facebook.
The deceased will be missed by their friends, family, and the entire North Peace hockey community.