Friends and family mourn teenager fatally struck by SUV in Erin Woods
Members of the Calgary Police Service collision reconstruction unit returned to the site of Friday’s fatality in Erin Woods on Saturday morning to investigate what role, if any, bright sunlight may have had in the crash.
Metres away from the crash scene, a memorial tribute continues to grow for Nick Paswisty, the 16-year-old victim.
Paswisty was attempting to cross the intersection of Erin Woods Boulevard and Erin Woods Crescent Southeast when he was struck by an eastbound SUV driven by a 30-year-old woman. The teenager’s injuries proved fatal and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
News of Paswisty’s death quickly made its way through the halls of Jack James High School.
“It didn’t really click at first and then suddenly it just all donned on me and I broke,” said Christa Holden, a friend of Nick’s who visited the memorial on Saturday. “It broke the whole school. Everyone was crying.”
“It’s a real tragedy. I just can’t believe it happened.”
Holden remembers Nick as a ‘total sweetheart’ and a ‘class clown’.
“He was really funny. He always had a stupid grin on his face,” said Holden. “He was one of the only people who could make anyone laugh no matter how mad they were.”
On Friday night, a candlelight vigil for Nick took place on the grass in the median of Erin Woods Boulevard. Sharae Bull was among those who gathered to say goodbye.
“He was just an outgoing guy, he knew how to make people laugh,” said Bull of Nick. “It's just unbelievable how this happened. It's unbearable.”
No charges have been laid in connection to the fatal crash but police continue to investigate. Alcohol and speed are not believed to have factored in the collision.
With files from CTV's Bridget Brown