This is the story to how Emily Watts Died.... It is a great misfortune and she will be missed in loved forever♥ I miss you girl :'(
Emily Watts had a constant smile and bubbly nature that was well known to people in Petawawa.
The 17-year-old girl mentored younger students at her high school and worked as a cashier in a grocery store. She faced a bright future, hoping to study business in college next year.
But Emily's promising life ended Thursday night when she died in front of her home in a car engulfed by flames after it was struck by an SUV. Police, who allege the SUV driver was impaired, arrested a 28-year-old woman after the collision.
Emily, on her way home from a friend's house in her father's Honda Accord, had been waiting to turn left into their driveway when a Ford Escape hit the car, crushing the back and pinning her inside.
Emily's parents, Andrew and Joanne Watts, were getting ready for bed when they heard a noise around 10 p.m and looked out a window to see a trail of debris and a streak of burning gas on Laurentian Drive.
Outside, a car was on fire.
Other neighbours were at the scene when Emily's parents and younger sister, Melanie, ran to the burning wreck.
"You couldn't see in anymore, it was full of smoke. She wasn't moving, you couldn't break the windows, you couldn't get in. By the time we got in, I think she was pretty well gone," Andrew Watts said. "I think God really put his arms around her and she wasn't in any pain." Emily had recently started Grade 12 at General Panet High School in Petawawa and planned to study business, possibly at Algonquin College, her father said. Math was her best subject.
"Very well-liked, very outgoing, bubbly, bright, happy, beautiful young lady," was how he described his daughter.
Watts said Emily spent much of her free time at her job, which she enjoyed.
Shoppers told her parents that "when we go through her cash, she's always happy," he said.
Emily helped out at her church nursery and a dance studio. At school, she was a member of the Link Crew program, in which older students help Grade 9 students adjust to high school.
Just this week, Emily volunteered to help a teacher "just because she wanted to help other kids," according to her school's principal, Dean Zadow.
"Full of life, that's one of the best ways that I can describe her," Zadow said. "Emily was rarely ever seen without a smile." After the collision, police arrested Patricia Boyce, 28, of Petawawa. She was charged with impaired driving causing death, driving with a blood-alcohol content exceeding 80 milligrams causing death, dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.
Boyce was remanded into custody and will have a bail hearing Monday in Pembroke court, said Sgt. Nancy Graves of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP.
The incident was the second serious rear-end collision in Petawawa in less than a week.
At about 8:40 p.m. last Saturday, a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old man was stopped on Doran Road at the intersection of Petawawa Boulevard, waiting to turn left, when it was struck from behind by a northbound vehicle.
Police say the man was first taken to Pembroke Regional Hospital with serious head injuries. He was transferred to hospital in Ottawa in critical condition.
The Petawawa man who police said was driving the other vehicle was charged with several offences including dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, failing to provide a breath sample, impaired operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, and failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm. Corey Smith, 20, is expected to appear in Pembroke court on Sept. 29.
Emily's death, in a crash in which police believe alcohol played a factor, occurred the same week that a recidivist drunk driver was handed a life sentence in what is believed to be a Canadian precedent.
Roger Walsh, a 57-year-old resident of St-Lazare, outside Montreal, had a blood-alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit when he struck and killed Anee Khudaverdian on Oct. 23, 2008.
Khudaverdian, 47, was out with her dog in her wheelchair on her birthday when she was hit by the vehicle driven by Walsh.
In Petawawa, Emily's grieving schoolmates decorated her locker with notes, flowers, photographs and poems. Grief counselling was available to students and the school intends to hold a memorial service.
About 20 students and their parents from a different school, in Pembroke, went to Emily's school on Friday to grieve, Zadow said.
"They just really wanted to be in the environment where she spent all of her time," the principal said.
Emily, he said, "touched the hearts of so many people and comes from a supportive, caring and loving family."