One man is dead and another facing possible impaired driving charged following a single-vehicle crash on Foothills Boulevard Thursday.
The RCMP’s Traffic Services Unite was called to the scene at Foothills near Flamingo Road at 6:30 p.m.
When traffic services members arrived at the location, they found a Ford F150 on its roof in the ditch. The vehicle sheared off a power pole during the collision. There were two occupants of the vehicle. Police located one occupant in a near-by snowbank where he landed after he was thrown from the vehicle. The second occupant was still in the vehicle but live hydro wires hanging down impeded their rescue.
Emergency crews pulled the man in the snow bank clear of the hydro wires and transported him to the University Hospital of Northern B.C. for treatment of his injuries. Police discovered he was the driver of the vehicle and have since determined that alcohol was a factor in this incident. Police are continuing to investigate the status of his driver’s licence at the time of the incident.
The passenger of the vehicle was found deceased. The B.C. Coroners Service attended the scene and they will be conducting a parallel fact-finding investigation to confirm cause of death. The Prince George RCMP will not be releasing any further information about the identity of the deceased.
The incident shut down traffic for several hours as police collected evidence and crews worked to clear the scene.
“Police released the driver from custody without charge pending results of a laboratory analysis and other supporting evidence,” said Const. Jennifer Cooper of the Prince George RCMP. “This is common practice in a file of this nature.”
Police are requesting that any witnesses to this incident or anyone with further information contact the Prince George RCMP by calling 250-561-3300.