The last ten days of December were busy for the local mounties in Vanderhoof. They responded to a fatal collision, motor vehicle accident due to impaired driving and theft.
On Dec. 20, 2019, Vanderhoof RCMP responded to a pedestrian and vehicle collision on Kenney Dam Road in Vanderhoof, at approximately 6:15 pm.
Sgt. Rodney Guthrie of the Vanderhoof mounties said, a male was walking on Kenney Dam Road and was struck by a pick-up truck.
The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
“Weather and road conditions were poor. The investigation is continuing but alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision,” Guthrie said.
The name of the pedesrian will not be released.
On Dec. 24, 2019, the local police were patrolling Highway 16 at approximately 10 am, when they spotted a side-by-side being towed on a trailer that matched the description of one stolen earlier that morning from a residence in Prince Rupert.
Guthrie said the police stopped the vehicle at the Co-op Cardlock on Highway 16 and quickly determined that both the side-by-side and the trailer were reported stolen.
Two males from the lower mainland were arrested and face charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Failing to comply with an Undertaking.
The value of all the recovered stolen property was in excess of 400,000.
Motor Vehicle Accident
On Dec. 26, 2019, mounties responded to a motor vehicle accident on Burrard Avenue and Stewart Street in Vanderhoof at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Guthrie said the police found out that a red Ford Explorer had rear ended a Ford Mustang.
“There were significant damages to both vehicles, and occupants of the Mustang were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” he said.
The driver of the Explorer, who is from Fort St. James, was arrested on-scene for Impaired Driving and taken to the detachment to provide breath samples. His blood alcohol level was more than 2.5 times higher than the legal limit.
The accused faces charges of Impaired Operation and Driving with over 80 mgs of Alcohol in his Blood, Guthrie said.