On Dec. 15, 2012, at approximately nine a.m. members of the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment responded to a complaint of a two vehicle head on collision on Highway 16 at the Ridley Island turnoff in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
At the time of the collision road conditions were extreme, with heavy snow falling and the highway was covered with slush. Upon arrival at the scene investigators determined that one of the vehicles had been traveling westbound towards Prince Rupert. As this driver approached the Oliver Lake area they lost control of their vehicle and traveled into the eastbound lane of traffic subsequently colliding head-on with an eastbound vehicle. The occupants of the eastbound vehicle were taken to Prince Rupert Regional Hospital with moderate injuries. One of these passengers was later transported to Vancouver General Hospital, due to complications, where they succumbed to their injuries.
“It is with a profound sadness that we are having to inform the public of this collision, and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends affected by this tragic incident,” stated Cst. Matt Ericson, spokesman for the Prince Rupert RCMP.
“At this stage of the investigation it appears as though extreme weather conditions may have been a contributing factor, and that speed and alcohol did not play any role in this collision”.
The Prince Rupert RCMP is wanting to remind the community that during the winter months extreme weather conditions are constantly present and continually changing. Motorists are asked to slow down, be vigilant and use extreme caution when driving.
As this investigation is ongoing, the Prince Rupert RCMP is asking anyone that may have information regarding this incident to contact the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment at 250-627-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Please remember that Crime Stoppers pays cash for information that leads to an arrest.