Cold Lake RCMP / ASIRT investigate fatal motor vehicle collision
On August 6, 2016 a serious motor vehicle fatality collision occurred on 16 Avenue in Cold Lake. An SUV was involved in a collision with a truck, resulting in the death of the SUV driver.
The RCMP were initially called at 5:39 p.m. to a complaint of a fight between two males at the 7/11 Convenience Store. One of the males was allegedly brandishing a knife and appeared to be intoxicated. He drove away from the area in an SUV prior to RCMP arrival. A responding RCMP member subsequently located this vehicle driving erratically on Highway 28 and activated emergency equipment to attempt a vehicle stop. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop.
The SUV was travelling eastbound on 16 Avenue when the RCMP member briefly lost sight of it. He subsequently came upon a serious two vehicle collision involving the SUV and a truck.
The SUV ended up in the ditch. The driver, and lone occupant of the SUV, was declared deceased on scene. The driver of the SUV has been positively identified by the RCMP as a 36-year-old man from Cold Lake and his name will not be released.
The truck was occupied by an adult male driver, an adult female passenger and a three year old child that had been secured in a child restraint seat. The three occupants of this vehicle were taken via ground transport to a local hospital where all three were treated and released with minor injuries.
RCMP continue to investigate the events relating to the initial call at the 7/11 and the conduct of the driver of the SUV. If you have information regarding the events that occurred at the 7/11, please call the Cold Lake RCMP at 780-594-3302, or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the attempted vehicle stop and subsequent collision in accordance to its mandate to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving the serious injury or death of any person that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer. As such, the RCMP will have no further comment regarding this aspect of the incident. Anyone with information relating to the attempted vehicle stop and subsequent collision is asked to contact ASIRT investigators at 780-644-1483.
*Press Release from the Cold Lake RCMP Detachment