Friday, February 23, 2024

Man suspected of impaired driving arrested after fatal crash on HWY 4 near Coombs


A two-car collision that occurred last Friday just west of Coombs that resulted in the death of one man is believed to be caused by impaired driving.

The collision, which occurred on January 6th,  involved a Dodge Ram pickup truck and a Chevy Aveo compact hatchback. 

The Aveo’s driver was a 42-year-old man who was pronounced dead due to the injuries he sustained in the crash. 

Police say the driver of the Dodge Ram was arrested at the scene and that alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

The man who was killed due to this collision’s name has yet to be released as officers continue to investigate the crash.

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“Impaired driving related fatal crashes are still one of the leading causes of criminal death on Canadian highways,” said Cst. Mike Moore, BC Highway Patrol Media Relations Officer. 

“This is 100% preventable–find alternate ways home including taxi, public transit, designated driver or ride-sharing.”   

“Penalties for impaired drivers, especially those who cause injury or death are stiffer than ever–please heed the advice and driver sober always.”

Collision Analyst Reconstruction Service (CARS) also attended the scene of the collision to assist in the investigation.  

Police are interviewing several witnesses of the collision as a part of their investigation, which officers say is still in its early stages.

Any witnesses are encouraged to contact BC Highway Patrol in Parksville at (250) 248-6111.   

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