By David Klassen
A 17-year-old girl died Thursday after she was ejected from an SUV that crashed on Wellington Crescent.
Winnipeg police say a 2006 Pontiac Torrent lost control just before 1 p.m. and struck a tree in the 1600 block of Wellington near the St. James Bridge.
The vehicle was being driven by a 17-year-old boy with four passengers inside at the time.
Julia Romanow, a student from Kelvin High School, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. Two other 17-year-old girls were taken to hospital with life threatening injuries, but have since been upgraded to stable condition. The driver and his 17-year-old male passenger were transported with non-life threatening injuries.
The roadway in the immediate area was closed to traffic for several hours as police investigated.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call police at (204) 986-7085.
UPDATE: Friday, November 2 — The 17-year-old male driver is facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm. He was released on a promise to appear.