Friday crash claims Fulton Secondary student

A popular student from Fulton Secondary has been identified as the person killed in an accident near Lytton Friday

Dante Tiberius Darkazanli

Dante Tiberius Darkazanli

A popular student from Fulton Secondary has officially been identified as the person killed in an accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton Friday.

Dante Tiberius Darkazanli, 15, was a passenger in an SUV which was involved in a four-vehicle collision on Highway 1 about 25 kilometres east of Lytton at about 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Darkazanli died at the scene of the collision.

RCMP report one of the four vehicles involved in the crash was a tanker truck and first responders had to deal with a fire involving this truck.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate the accident.

At Fulton Secondary Monday, counsellors from the Vernon School District, along with North Okanagan Youth and Family Services, were brought in for grieving students.

“We read a statement out to our students and had many counsellors on hand to support the students. Those counsellors were used,” said Fulton principal Ken Gatzke.

“Dante was a well-known student in our school and a wonderful student.”

Staff and students from the school have also been a shoulder for Darkazanli’s family to lean on.

An older brother of the Grade 10 student attends Fulton. A step-brother of Darkazanli is not a student at the school.

“We’ve also been trying to support the family, the mom and dad, and they’ve been fantastic at working with the school,” said Gatzke. “They have appreciated the support the school has tried to provide the family and also the rest of the school.

“It was important for the family to know we’ve been doing a good job supporting all of the kids at school.”

A celebration of Darkazanli’s life is set for Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home (4303 Pleasant Valley Road).

The service will be open to anyone who wishes to attend.