Bulletin Staff Report

A woman who coached robotics teams in Bend died in a car crash that also killed her cousin Sunday in British Columbia.

Charlotte Van Valkenburg was coach of the robotics team at Summit High School, a wife and mother of two children.

She and Curtis Bartley were killed in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 19 north of Campbell River on the east coast of Vancouver Island. A pickup truck lost control turning a corner and slid into the oncoming lanes, according to a release from Campbell River Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash.

Van Valkenburg’s father was also injured in the crash, her husband, Dale, wrote on her Facebook page.

At the time of Van Valkenburg’s death she was helping develop robotics teams at Pacific Crest Middle School and with the Camp Fire Girls, according to fellow youth robotics coach Phil Spreier.

She was nominated this year for the Bend Chamber of Commerce’s “Woman of the Year” award.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at Westside Church in Bend, according to her Facebook page.

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