The University of Waterloo mourns a student killed in a fatal accident in Canmore, Alta. on her birthday.
In a media release Thursday, the university said Ariana Kolenda, a sophomore in physics in the science department, died May 1 after a hit-and-run accident on the Trans-Canada Highway.
“We were extremely proud that she took on physics honors at Waterloo,” her mother, Jodi Blackwood, said in the publication.
She described Ariana as having “an incredible mind”.
She was hit and killed by a driver near the Canmore Visitor Information Center on her 20th birthday.
The university said more than a month later the vehicle’s engine had still not been found.
Ariana, who was called “Ari” by her friends and family, came to the University of Waterloo to get her degree in Physics.
“Ari was a kind, gentle, loving, intelligent friend to all who were lucky enough to know her. She always made time for everyone who reached out no matter what they needed. Her beautiful heart and incredible mind made her such an amazing human being,” her mother said on social media after her tragic death.
The University of Waterloo said their thoughts and support are with Kolenda’s family and friends.