The community of Glenboro is still reeling following a single-vehicle rollover that claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl on Sunday night.
On Monday, one day after the crash, Emma McInnis was remembered by her Glenboro School principal, Kevin Newton, as a caring student who donated her time to charitable activities.
“Emma was an extremely pleasant and good student, willing to help with any activity in our building,” Newton said. “She was very well liked by everyone and people were very appreciative of her character.”
While yesterday was a professional development day at Glenboro School, Newton said the school is preparing for a tough day when it welcomes students back today. Guidance counsellors from the division have been brought in to help staff and students deal with the loss of a Grade 10 student who touched so many people.
“She really enjoyed being with people and had a lot of friends,” said Newton, whose daughter is one of 18 students in the same grade as McInnis. “She was very reliable. You could count on her to be trustworthy and her peers thought very fondly of her. This is going to be difficult for a lot of our students and staff, and I’m concerned about how the students in her grade are going to react.”
Police said the crash happened shortly before 10 p.m. on a gravel road just south of Glenboro after a 16-year-old male driver from the area lost control of a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche and rolled into an adjacent field.
There were four people — two males and two females — in the vehicle at the time of the rollover and police said McInnis wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The other three occupants were not injured.
The matter is still under investigation by members of the Criminal Crash Investigation Team and, according to police, driver inexperience is believed to be a contributing factor in the rollover.
While the cause and circumstances of the crash will take some time to sort out, the tight-knit community of about 650 residents will band together to support the McInnis family, Glenboro Mayor Bob Jewsbury said.
“It’s devastating,” Jewsbury said. “It is always tougher in a small community and everyone has a big circle of friends and know who they are. It’s something that a family never fully recovers from.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 2, 2012