NEWS RELEASE · 16th June 2013
On June 15th, 2013 at approximately 2:00 am Nass Valley RCMP members responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 113 at the north end of Lava Lake, approximately 80 km north of Terrace BC.
Two males and a female were traveling north on Highway 113 when their vehicle, a Pontiac Sunbird, left the road and rolled over.
The 28 year old male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Both passengers were transported to Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace BC. Due to the seriousness of injuries the female passenger was flown via air ambulance to Vancouver B.C.
West Pacific Region Traffic Services along with the Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstruction Services continue to investigate the cause of the collision. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this case.
Dear Good Friend(s):
Comment by Janice Robinson on 20th June 2013
As you know there were three people in the car that night. The driver, his girlfriend, and one of their friends. It was her birthday, and she and the friend were having some drinks. At midnight, they were sharing a big bowl of popcorn with the driver's uncle at his Mom's house. The driver was not drinking, as he was the designated driver that night.
When the idea of a drive on the Nass Road came up, the driver's uncle stated the late hour, and suggested they stay in town. It was midnight, and the designated driver was not drinking. Everybody was happy.
In the morning, the driver's Mother walked to work. No sign of her car, nor the young people. Later that morning, representatives from the Terrace detachment of the RCMP showed up at her worksite. Their news rocked our world. God's blessings on her.
Speed was not involved. Passenger-side tires caught the loose, and deep, roadside gravel. Before the driver could recover, the front passenger-side tire went deep. The car flipped, hit the rock wall, and came to rest upside-down.
An autopsy was performed. He died instantly from head injuries. The girlfriend, and the backseat passenger took their open bottle of liquor with them. So, yes alcohol was involved. Did our driver become impaired between midnight and 1:30 am? We will know soon enough, but as you know, that will not change the fact that your beloved friend is gone....and our world has a hole in it that no one else can fill.
Further arrangements await the return of his girlfriend from VGH, and her readiness.
I write this because many young people, such as yourself, are grieving. Sometimes, knowing a little bit about what happened helps. Take care.
RIP my good friend
Comment by anonymous on 18th June 2013
you will be dearly missed. I will never for get you, bro