It's an awful situation and no one should ever have to go through it.
According to a report from the police and a report from the Regina Pats hockey club, defenseman Myles Bell was involved in a fatal car crash this morning near Calgary. The 17 year old was apparently behind the wheel, while an 18 year old female passenger in the vehicle was killed.
Not many details have been released.
But, according to the RCMP report alcohol and speed were both a factor as the car lost control and rolled several times before coming to a stop in the ditch. The name of the deceased has not yet been released, but according to the statement from the Pats, she was a close family friend to Regina GM Brent Parker and a friend of his daughter.
Now, at this point in time it's certainly not clear how alcohol was involved, but anyone can put two and two together and assume the worst. It's already an unfortunate situation that would be even more so if in fact Bell is the one that had been drinking.
Bell remains in hospital with "serious injuries" and according to the report the investigation continues with pending charges against him.
Details remain very sketchy at this point but one thing becomes painfully clear, Bell's personal and professional life as a hockey player are very much up in the air.
The slick skating offensive defender was well on his way to being a 1st round NHL draft pick this coming June.
But that hit to his career will be dwarfed in comparison to what he will have to face day in and day out for the rest of his life, the fact that he was at fault for the death of a young woman....if in fact that is how this sad story unfolded.