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Icy roads led to 18-year-old man’s death in Sooke Road crash Monday night

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An 18-year-old man died as a result of injuries sustained in a collision between two vehicles on Sooke Road Monday night.

At approximately 6 p.m. on January 3rd, West Shore RCMP responded to a crash on Sooke Road near Humpback Road in Langford.

The crash involved a Honda Civic and Ford Escape.

Police said initial evidence indicates the Honda Civic was travelling westbound on Sooke Road when it lost control, veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and crashed into the Ford Escape travelling eastbound. 

Bystanders attempted first aid on the scene, however, the young driver of the Honda Civic did not survive. 

In a media release, West Shore RCMP issued a reminder to the public to adjust their driving behaviours for changing winter conditions

“The weather conditions were very challenging for motorists throughout the region at that time,” said Constable Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the West Shore RCMP. 

“Unfortunately, those weather conditions inevitably contributed to this collision.”

Over the past several days, the Greater Victoria area has been experiencing black ice which has contributed to crashes all over the region.

Temperatures have been rising above freezing levels during the day leading to snow melt, and as the temperatures drop to freezing in the evening, roads become covered with black ice.

Police said no further information would be released at this time. The investigation is ongoing. 

BC Coroners confirmed to Victoria Buzz they’re investigating the crash but would not release any other details. 

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