Nanaimo man arrested
(Image / Tom Brenner)

A 33-year-old Cobble Hill resident was killed Friday evening after an ATV crash on a service road near Nanaimo.

According to RCMP, the incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m., about 18 kilometres from Nanaimo Lakes Road.

Police, BC Ambulance Service and Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) personnel responded to the emergency call.

Due to the remoteness of the area, an RCMP officer rode along on one of NSAR’s quads and managed to locate the group and injured man using GPS from cell phone pings.

Once located, search-and-rescue members performed first aid for an extended period of time, but the man did not survive.

His body was then transported out of the back country to awaiting BC Paramedics. BC Coroners Service responded and confirmed his death.

Investigators spoke with the group of riders and based on statements provided, the death appears to accidental and not suspicious.

The name of the man was not released, but police said he was a Cobble Hill resident.

BC Coroners Service is continuing with its investigation and the family of the deceased has been notified.

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