Impairment being investigated as possible cause of crash on September 11

Oceanside, Traffic Services

2020-09-14 11:16 PDT

File # CVITS 2020-388

On Friday, September 11, 2020, police and Emergency Services responded to a two-vehicle collision in the southbound lanes of Highway 19 near Highway 4, north of Parksville, BC.

Upon arrival it was determined that the lone male driver of a grey 2007 Chevrolet HHR made an improper pass and clipped the vehicle he was passing, a red 2015 Nissan Versa, causing both vehicles to lose control.

2007 grey Chevrolet HHR stock photo

The Chevrolet rolled, left the highway and came to rest on its roof. The driver was ejected and found under the car and sustained serious injuries as a result. The woman driving the Nissan sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital. Police are investigating impairment and lack of seatbelts as a contributing factors to this crash.

Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services (CVITS) in Parksville has conduct of this investigation and are seeking additional witnesses to this collision, in particular, anyone who may have witnessed the pre-collision driving behaviour of the (southbound) Chevrolet, including dash camera video. Anyone with information can call CVITS at 250-248-6111.

This is a reminder to all motorists of the importance of always wearing your seatbelt as it is designed to keep you inside your vehicle in the event of a crash and it works in unison with airbags to prevent injury to occupants. In addition, police remind motorists to drive defensively, obey speed limits and drive sober every time you get behind the wheel.

Released by

Cpl. Mike Halskov

Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Traffic Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop # 804
Office: 778-290-2377
Fax: 778-290-6071

Email: E_Traffic_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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