A number of fundraising efforts are already underway to support the young woman’s family and her infant daughter who is now without a mother.
On Friday evening, a Honda Accord carrying four people collided with an SUV at the intersection of Hamlyn Road and Canada Drive in St. John’s.
19-year-old single mother Alyssa Power was killed in the accident. Her child is just over one month old.
Chantelle Owens, Kaylee Foley and Samantha Woodsine were all friends with Power.
Woodsine says Power’s life changed when she learned she was having a baby. She says Power was a typical free-spirited teenager doing what she wanted to do but turned her life around and matured overnight when she learned she was pregnant. She completely embraced being a mother.
Owens and Woodsine are looking for a location to host a lottery and 50/50 draw this coming Saturday, and will be accepting donations for Power’s child such as diapers, formula, wipes and toys.
Foley is selling t-shirts with a picture of Power and her child on the front and lyrics to her favorite song on the back. All the proceeds will go to the Power family.
Ashley Hallohan grew up with Power and says as someone who grew up without a mother, it’s devastating to know Power’s daughter must deal with the same fate. She says Power was a kind-hearted person who would give completely of herself to cheer up her friends, and would often talk to her about her own struggles growing up without a mother.
Hallohan says it really hits home to know that Power’s daughter is going to grow up without a mother just like her mom.
Hallohan has started a GoFundMe where the proceeds will go to Power’s family to help them raise her child.
SiRT Investigating Lead-Up to Fatal Crash
The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team is in St. John’s investigating the traffic safety stop that resulted in Alyssa Power’s death.
19-year-old Power died in the accident while the driver, a 17-year-old girl, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
RNC Chief Joe Boland held a news conference Saturday to give details around the circumstances that led to the crash. Boland says an officer attempted to stop a Honda Accord on Hamlyn Road around 10:30 Friday night with flashing lights. That vehicle then T-boned an SUV at the intersection of Hamlyn Road and Canada Drive.
19-year-old Alyssa Power was declared dead at the scene while the 17-year-old girl driving the Accord suffered serious injuries. Two boys were also in the car. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries. The RNC declined comment on whether the Honda had been stolen.
Boland says because of the nature of the crash, the RNC is calling in a team from Nova Scotia to investigate.
He says it’s a tragic situation for the family to deal with, and as in all cases where an RNC officer is present at an incident that leads to serious injury or death. the Nova Scotia SIRT has been contacted to investigate.
Boland says he doesn’t suspect drugs nor alcohol were involved, but asks anybody who witnessed the crash or has home security footage to contact them at 729-8000.