Shortly before 9:30 pm on October 17th, 2014, two off-duty RCMP officers from the Port Hardy and Port Alice Detachments came upon the scene of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 19, near Woss, BC. The crash appeared to have happened a short time earlier.

The off-duty officers requested assistance from the Port McNeill RCMP, and immediately went to the crash site to render assistance. The officers located the lone occupant of the 2003 GMC pickup truck, a 34 year old Port McNeill man, on the ground a short distance away from his vehicle. Sadly, the man was deceased.

The Port McNeill RCMP continue to investigate the cause of this crash, with assistance from the RCMP Traffic Analyst/Re-constructionist Unit. Preliminary information suggests that the vehicle was traveling southbound on Hwy 19, when it failed to navigate a turn in the road, entering the ditch on the left side of the roadway, ultimately colliding with a tree. The driver appears to have been ejected from the vehicle during impact.

As is routine in such cases, a mechanical inspection of the vehicle will be conducted as part of this ongoing investigation. At the time of the crash the roadway was wet, with rain falling intermittently, along with gusty winds. There is no evidence to suggest that any other vehicles were involved in this crash.

Officers with the Port McNeill RCMP notified the man’s family of his passing late last night. The man’s name will not be released at this time, as extended family and friends continue to learn of his passing, and cope with the untimely loss of their loved one.

One lane of traffic remained open during the scene examination and vehicle removal. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash as urged to contact the Port McNeill RCMP at 250-956-4441.

– Contributed by the RCMP.