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Teen party bus passenger dies in Surrey, B.C.

02/18/2013 03:53 EST | Updated 04/20/2013 05:12 EDT
Police are hoping an autopsy will help them establish how a 16-year-old B.C. boy riding a so-called party bus died Friday night.

Ernest Azoadam, of Flores Island, near Tofino, could not be revived after he collapsed on the bus, which was near 152nd Street and 72nd Avenue in Surrey, at 11 p.m. PT.

RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said the autopsy should be conducted today.

"Hopefully a report would follow soon that would provide some answers to the many questions we have," he said.

“We believe alcohol was involved and we're trying to determine if drugs were, but it's too early to speculate on the causes.”

Paquet says police have had issues with party buses in the past.

"Certainly we have seen several incidents over the past few years involving party buses, where police have had to get involved, but never with such tragic consequences.

"Unfortunately when you mix groups of young people with alcohol in a confined place for several hours, it is often just a matter time before police are called."

Paquet says it is too early to say if charges will be recommended, but adds police are investigating possible offences under the Criminal Code, Motor Vehicle Act and Liquor Control Act.

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