Alcohol suspected in fatal three-car crash

Keely Dakin
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A 21-year-old man from Weldon will face charges after a collision Wednesday evening that killed a 30-year-old Prince Albert woman.

Sgt. Kelly Mclean spoke with the Herald on Thursday about the fatal crash on Wednesday night.

The crash -- which involved three vehicles at 28th Street and Sixth Avenue East -- occurred at approximately 10 p.m.

The vehicles included one suspect vehicle and two other motorists.

A 30-year-old woman was seriously injured and taken to hospital with severe trauma. She later died at approximately 12:30 a.m.

“It’s very tragic that a young lady lost her life,” said Sgt. Kelly McLean with the Prince Albert Police Service.

She was extricated from the vehicle by Prince Albert Fire and Rescue and then transported to the hospital by Parkland Ambulance.

“Despite their best efforts, there at the Vic, she passed away,” McLean said.

Two young men, 21 and 20, from the suspect car were also taken to hospital, in good condition, according to Lyle Karasiuk with Parkland Ambulance.

“We believe that alcohol is a factor, but we haven’t officially laid any charges yet. We are gathering statements from individuals,” McLean said.

The driver of the suspect car is under arrest and currently awaiting charges.

The other victim was also a woman but she suffered only minor injuries because it was the back of her truck that was hit, McLean said.

Police were looking for the possibly impaired driver at the time of the crash.

At approximately 9:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to a possible impaired driver in the area of 15th Street and 15th Avenue East.

They received a tip on a possible RID, McLean said.

“We call them RIDs, reporting impaired drivers, so when we get what we call a RID call and we dispatch vehicles into that area and we attempt to locate … that particular vehicle,” he said.

The suspect car was located by officers going westbound on 15th Street, as it approached Sixth Avenue East.

“It was a car an … older model four-door Sedan … about an ’82 Oldsmobile,” McLean said.

McLean said that the events that unfolded were not a pursuit.

“We didn’t have time to call it a traditional pursuit. From the time that we located this individual and got turned around on slippery roads due to weather conditions, the impact had already occurred,” he said.

Police put on their sirens and lights and turned around on 15th Street to follow the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle did not stop but continued, turning south onto Sixth Avenue East.

“I can’t give you an accurate speed. I can tell you it was travelling well above the posted speed limit,” McLean said.

“By the time we got turned around he was on Sixth Avenue already and hauling it up Sixth Avenue at a very high rate of speed. We were probably -- I would say the lead police vehicle -- was probably four blocks behind him, when there was impact at 28th Street,” McLean said.

The speed of the suspect vehicle is unknown.

“I can’t give you an accurate speed. I can tell you it was travelling well above the posted speed limit,” he said.

Mclean said that the impact happened in less than two minutes from when they located the suspect sedan.

“It was within seconds … that the impact occurred,” McLean said.

The condition of the roads was a factor in police’s ability to respond most effectively.

“Road conditions were not good, in terms of direction and trying to catch up to the vehicle,” he said.

Exactly how the accident occurred between the suspect car and the two other motorists is not yet known.

“I don’t know, to be honest with you, whether it was a -- and I’m very hesitant to use the word clean -- whether it was a clean impact with the vehicle. There were two innocent motorists that were impacted and I don’t know for sure … whether or not the suspect … whether he impacted one vehicle and then the other or … exactly what the dynamics of the impact was,” McLean said.

McLean said that the police would not officially release the name of the victim who lost her life at this time.

“I don’t know at what point we would be prepared to release her name. That’s in the hands of the investigators … they’ll approach the family and make a determination on when or even if the police service would be involved in releasing her name to the public,” he said.

McLean spoke briefly to the investigators on Thursday morning.

“As far as they were concerned, the family wanted time to notify the next of kin,” McLean said.

Due to modern technology and social media, the Daily Herald is aware of the name of the victim as well as other personal details. However, the Daily Herald will not release any information without the consent of the victim’s family.



Organizations: Prince Albert Police Service, Vic, Oldsmobile Daily Herald

Geographic location: Sixth Avenue East, 28th Street, 15th Street 15th Avenue East

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  • Concerned Grandmother
    January 25, 2013 - 12:22

    How many times do we have to read about stories like this before some young people in this city realize, "if you are drunk- do not drive"? I don't think I recall hearing what the young man got in the death of Ben Darchuk either. Now- we have another one. So again, the good die young. Maybe its time to raise the drinking level even higher and higher. But- some want to lower it - yeah right!