WINKLER — A teen girl killed after being struck by a truck outside her new school is being remembered by her family as a kind Christian person who loved drawing, photography and her dog.
“She was a very good person,” Carina Denisenko’s grieving sister, Jenny, said Friday in an interview at the family’s home just outside Winkler.
“She never talked bad about other people — she was a good Christian,” said Jenny, 18.
Carina, 16, was the second-eldest of six siblings. The family of eight had moved from Germany to Canada three years ago, Jenny said.
Carina was a “responsible” person who loved the Canadian way of life, her sister said.
Winkler police say Carina was hit around 3:30 p.m. Thursday on PR 428, just across the street from Northlands Parkway Collegiate.
The Grade 11 student was crossing the street on foot at an unlit pedestrian crossing when she was struck by a GMC Sierra “full-size” pickup truck, police said.
School staff notified Carina’s family what happened, Jenny said. They were told to go to the hospital and wait.
“We went there and waited for a half-hour or more,” she said. “The doctor came in, she said they tried to save her,” Jenny said.
Winkler police Chief Rick Hiebert said officers were continuing Friday to gather witness statements.
No charges had been laid against the truck’s driver, whom police didn’t identify. The cause of the collision remained under investigation.
The school opened last month, just in time for the start of the new school year.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 5, 2013