Canadian teen dies after being hit by watercraft outside Cancun, Mexico

PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico – A 16-year-old high school student from southwestern Ontario has died after Mexican police say she was struck by a personal watercraft.

A spokesperson for Puerto Morelos police south of Cancun says Camila Lopez was killed Saturday.

Waterloo Catholic District School Board spokesman John Shewchuk says Camila attended St. Mary’s High School in Kitchener, Ont., and would have been starting Grade 11 this September.

He says a social worker and school administrators will be at the school’s chapel Wednesday to assist students and the community as they pay respects to Lopez.

The owner of a belly dancing studio in the city says Lopez had been taking classes for two years and was a “natural.”

Joharah Kolishenco of BellyUp Dance Studios says she Lopez was a rare find and would attend class twice a week.

“Just a beautiful, beautiful girl. Very shy, quiet, unassuming,” Kolishenco said.

“A lovely dancer.”