Clearwater RCMP look for witnesses of Sunday crash in Vavenby

RCMP seek crash witnesses

Clearwater police are looking for witnesses to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 5 just north of Vavenby, sending one man to hospital and claiming the life of a dog.

Emergency services responded to reports of the crash at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, where a northbound beige SUV collided with a southbound black SUV.

According to an RCMP press release, investigators have obtained evidence of alcohol and drug impaired driving from the driver of the beige SUV. Road and weather conditions do not appear to have contributed to the crash.

RCMP Central Interior Traffic Services investigators said they are hoping to speak with the driver of a commercial vehicle who was passed by the beige SUV just before the crash. They also hope to hear from other collision witnesses, including other drivers who might have dash camera footage of the beige vehicle.

Police say the driver and sole occupant of the beige SUV, a man from Alberta, was airlifted to hospital in critical condition.

The occupants of the other vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries, with the exception of some animals that were also in the SUV.

“Sadly, one of several dogs in the black SUV died in the crash, and one was injured,” the RCMP press release says.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CITS in Clearwater at 250-674-2237 and quote file 2021-169.

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