The hockey world mourns the loss of three teenage junior/academy level players who tragically lost their lives in a single-vehicle motor accident in Surrey, B.C. on Saturday morning.
Local RCMP and first responders arrived on scene at 2:47 AM to the wreckage of a light blue Ford Focus RS hatchback lodged in a tree along the 16,000 block of 104 Avenue in Surrey. By the time emergency crews arrived, all three occupants of the vehicle had succumbed to their injuries.
Although the investigation continues, the Fraser Heights area scene has been cleared. The Criminal Collision Investigation Team and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstructive Service are putting together a report on the cause of the accident.
The three victims were teenage boys Caleb Reimer (16), Parker Magnuson (17) and Ronin Sharma (16), three best friends who all played high level hockey within the Western Hockey League and the BCHL. The three had each played with Delta Hockey Academy prior to beginning their junior careers. A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up in honour of the three teens.
“Tragedies like this one deeply impact everyone involved,” said Corporal Vanessa Munn. “Our team is still actively working to determine the events leading up to the collision… We do recognize that something like that has a great impact on the community. Our sincerest condolences go out to the families of the three individuals who lost their lives this morning.”
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum also commented on the weekend tragedy.
“Three young lives were taken away in this horrible accident,” McCallum told Surrey Now-Leader. “On behalf of Surrey City Council, we send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time. I ask that the privacy of the families be respected as they cope with this tragic and sudden loss.”
Our hearts break for the Sharma family as well as the families of the other two young men that lost their lives today.
Our deepest condolences to their families, their friends and the Delta Hockey Academy.
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— BCHL (@BCHockeyLeague) August 22, 2021
“All of us in the WHL are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic accident involving Edmonton Oil Kings forward Caleb Reimer and his former teammates from the Delta Hockey Academy,” WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said. “The WHL extends its heartfelt condolences to Caleb’s family, his teammates on the Oil Kings and previously with the Delta Hockey Academy and his many friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.”
Anyone who may have been in the area, witnessed the collision or happens to have dash-cam footage is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if wanting to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or solvecrime.ca.