Monday, March 30, 2009

Fatal Collision In Chemainus

RCMP, BC Ambulance and Chemainus Fire Rescue attended the scene of a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in the early morning hours of March 29, 2009 on Victoria Rd in Chemainus.

A comprehensive investigation is underway by members of Ladysmith and Duncan RCMP with the assistance of South Island Traffic Services and the Collision Reconstructionist to determine the cause of the crash. Early indications are that a white sports car was traveling north on Victoria Rd at high speed when the driver lost control and crashed into a parked flatdeck truck, killing the rear seat passenger.

The driver and front seat passenger escaped the collision with minor injuries. Unfortunately, an 18 year old youth from Chemainus died in the crash. The name of the youth will not be released until such time as proper notifications are made and will only be released with the family's consent.

It appears that alcohol was NOT a factor in the crash, however the driver may have been in contravention of a condition of his licence by having too many passengers in the car. Indications are that two of the three occupants of the car were wearing their seatbelts.

RCMP would like to remind all drivers of the dangers of inexperience and speeding. Tragedies such as this could have been easily prevented by simply slowing down.

Anyone that has any information about this collision is asked to contact Cst. Brad Robinson of South Island Traffic Services in Chemainus at 250 416 0352. RCMP will be canvassing the neighbourhood for further information in the coming days.


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