Man dies in ATV crash near Lake Koocanusa


Cranbrook and Kimberley RCMP responded to over 100 calls for service during the May Long Weekend.  The most tragic being a fatal ATV near Suzie Main Forest Service Road in the Koocanusa area.  On Friday May 16 at 5:30 p.m., RCMP were notified of the incident by BC Ambulance.  Upon attendance police found at 39 year old male from Calgary deceased as a result of an ATV crash.   From the investigation police determined the subject was traveling along a utility right of way when he lost control. It’s believed the rider was ejected from the machine, which then rolled onto him.  A male from Cranbrook also sustained injuries when his machine rolled and flipped over him causing injury when he went to assist.   The injuries were non-life threatening and he was able to perform CPR until emergency personnel arrived and took over.

The operators were not wearing proper safety equipment.  The incident is still under investigation by the RCMP and BC Coroner’s Service.  Any further inquiries can be directed to the BC Coroner’s Service. 250 356-9253

On the same night police dealt with a firearm related incident that could have been considerably worse.  A subject discharged a firearm in an unsafe manner that entered into a travel trailer, fortunately nobody was hurt.  That matter is still under investigation and charges could be recommended.

Throughout the weekend police conducted road checks but in one incident the driver did not want to stop and during the attempt to evade the check almost hit a police officer.  A spike belt was deployed, three tires were deflated and police were able to apprehend the driver.  She was impaired and received a 90 day driving prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.  In addition she received violation tickets for Drive Without Due Care and Attention and Fail to Stop for Police.

Over the weekend, police apprehended at least four impaired drivers; there were several drug seizures and a number of violation tickets issued.  There were a number of party, noise and disturbance complaints in the rural and city areas.

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