NEWTON — One of the 17-year-old girls involved in Wednesday's fatal crash near Princess Margaret Secondary school has been released from hospital, as has the driver of the motorcycle.
The crash, which happened at 128th Street and 68th Avenue in Surrey, left 16-year-old Amarpreet Sivia dead and two other teenage girls, both 17, in hospital.
Police confirmed Friday that one of the girls was released from hospital on Wednesday, suffering from a broken arm. The other girl remains in hospital in the intensive care unit.
"Doctors are waiting for her condition to improve before deciding what the next steps will be," said Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP. "She's in serious but stable condition."
Paquet said the teen is suffering from extensive face and head injuries, as well as a broken hip.
He said the driver of the motorcycle, a 20-year-old man, was released from hospital on Thursday with a considerable amount of cuts and bruises, but suffered no broken bones or fractures.
Police looking for driver
Investigators are still appealing to the driver or passenger of a vehicle who was passed by the motorcycle just before the crash.
Police said the motorcyclist was travelling southbound on 128th Street at about 11:30 a.m. in the slow lane when it changed lanes to pass a vehicle before colliding with the students. They are not releasing any details of the make or model of the vehicle.
"It's definitely our priority to locate that witness," Paquet said Friday.
Police have yet to determine the cause of the accident. It's unknown if alcohol or speed were factors at this point but police aren't ruling them out.
City reassessing crosswalk decision
The accident has raised questions about whether there should be a crosswalk for students between 68th Avenue and 72nd Avenue. Students are known to jaywalk across 128th Street.
While the City of Surrey has plans to build a crosswalk just north of 72nd Avenue on 128th Street in 2014, back in 2011 it decided against one at the location of Wednesday's crash.
Vincent LaLonde, Surrey's general manager of engineering, said the city did comprehensive studies of all its schools in 2011, looking at possible safety measures.
The study recommended two crosswalks along 128th Street - one near the spot where the fatal crash occurred and another 200 to 300 metres north, just south of 72nd Avenue.
"Where the fatality was, well both locations, a lot of the walking seemed to be around lunchtime and going to commercial stores like pizzerias," LaLonde said.
Following the report's recommendations, the city did its own "warrant analysis" which LaLonde said is a technical study that measures factors such as speed, gaps in traffic and physical parameters.
LaLonde said the analysis found that one crosswalk was warranted, but the one near the fatal accident occurred was not.
LaLonde said the city is going to reassess the decision not to put a crosswalk in the location where Sivia lost her life.
"The bottom line is we'll definitely reassess. We already knew one crosswalk was warranted further north and we had plans to put it in. I think it is important to review all of this in light of that tragedy and really determine the best location with all the data."
LaLonde said the city is going correspond with the RCMP to decide if a crosswalk is needed.
Students offered grief counselling
Doug Strachan, spokesperson for the Surrey school district, confirmed the girls were all students at Princess Margaret Secondary.
"There were students that witnessed (the accident)," Strachan said.
Additional counselling services have been offered at the school.
"Our sympathies go out to the families involved," Strachan said.
"It has an impact on everybody in the school community, some more than others, who knew the girls involved," he said. "We're just making sure students know how to get support."
Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information on it is asked to call the Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team at 604-599-0502.
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