Langdon residents are again finding themselves pulling together to deal with another young life lost, this time at the hands of an impaired driver.
Just after 10:30pm on April 19th, EMS from Calgary responded to Highway 797 and 22X for reports of a motor vehicle collision. “On arrival paramedics determined a two vehicle collision had occurred on Highway 797 just north of 22X”, explained Stuart Brideaux, Public Education Officer with Alberta Health Services.
“Paramedics assessed two people at the scene, each the single occupant driver of their vehicle. After extrication from his pick-up truck, paramedics transported a male in his mid-30s to Foothills Hospital in serious but stable and non-life threatening condition. The other driver of a car involved was declared deceased at the scene and not transported to hospital. RCMP are investigating the factors leading to this collision”, added Brideaux.
It was later released that the deceased was 21 year old Katherine Faye Ditto of Langdon and sources close to the family report that the surviving driver of the second vehicle was impaired at the time of the collision.
Once again the residents of Langdon are found heartbroken and are rallying around each other to try and find some comfort in this terrible tragedy. Residents began coordinating meals and a Go Fund Me page was launched stating:
“Katherine Faye Ditto, beloved daughter, sister, and friend was tragically taken from us on Apr 19th, at just 21 years old, in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. This senseless, irresponsible act, has now left behind so many friends and family whose hearts are breaking. To know Katie was to love her. She was just over a year away from receiving her nursing degree and planned to travel the world. Her kind, fearless soul, compassionate, caring heart and sense of humor will forever be missed by all.
Because of how unexpected this tragedy is, her family is in need of some financial support. We have set up this account to help support them with any expenses and funeral costs as they lay Katie to rest and say good-bye much too soon. Katie is survived by her loving family; mother (Kristie), father (Brian), sister (Kevanne), and brother (Cooper). Please pledge your support, whatever amount it may be, to help them during this very difficult time. Thank you for your love and support, please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers”
If you want to donate to help this family, please visit www.gofundme.com/katiefayeditto
Friday, Apr 22 at 8 p.m. a candle light vigil was held at the accident site on Highway 797 between Langdon and Highway 22x. On Sunday, April 24th at 7 p.m., a viewing at the Wheatland Funeral Home in Strathmore and on Monday, April 25th at 11 a.m. there will be a memorial service at the Carseland Community Center followed by a procession to her final resting place in Strathmore. The family will then host a reception at 2 p.m. at the Langdon Crossing in Langdon.