Donations being collected for victims in fatal highway crash

A trust fund has been set up and donations are being collected for the victims of a fatal crash on the Alaska Highway on Sunday.

Family friend Amanda Wagar has set up "In Trust for Karry Riise" at the Lake View Credit Union in Dawson Creek to help cover funeral and medical travel costs.

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The victims have been identified as Ashlynn Myers, 16, and Asia Anderson, 10. A six-year-old girl, Ainsley, remains in Vancouver Children’s Hospital.

“Karry is a very good friend of mine, and a friend to many in the area,” Wagar wrote in an email to Alaska Highway News.

“She’s always gone out of her way to help those around her, but right now it’s her who needs our help. Ashlynn was meant to graduate this year. She had just picked out her grad dress the day before the accident. It's crazy how life can turn from happiness to tragedy in just a few short moments."

The young girls were three of 11 passengers involved in the accident at the Kiskatinaw Bridge Sept. 23 around 5 p.m. RCMP say it happened when a southbound van was hit by a northbound pickup truck.

The crash is being investigated by Dawson Creek RCMP, traffic services, collision analysts, and the BC Coroners Service.

The funds will help cover the family's costs and help alleviate their financial stress in such a difficult time, Wagar said.

Donations can be taken directly to the bank. For account details, contact Wagar at 250-219-1280 or email

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