On Saturday May 18, 2019 members of the Boyle/Athabasca RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit, the Lac La Biche RCMP along with Alberta Fish & Wildlife Officers were patrolling a remote area popular with back country campers and Off Highway Vehicle riders Northwest of Lac La Biche, Alberta. Shortly after 5:00 pm the officers were alerted to a nearby all terrain vehicle (ATV) collision in the trails.
Officers were able to gain access to the collision site using Off Highway Vehicles themselves. Upon arriving it was learned that the 23 year old female victim had been thrown from the ATV when the driver had lost control on a sandy, tree-lined trail. The Officers, along with an off-duty paramedic, were able to provide first aid and eventually guide in other responders.
Due to extremely rugged terrain and remoteness of the crash, STARS air ambulance was dispatched and was able to airlift the patient to an Edmonton Hospital where she remains in stable condition. Investigation revealed that speed, terrain and alcohol may have been contributing factors in this crash. Both riders appeared to be wearing helmets at the time of the collision
A 25 year old man from Mannville, Alberta is facing charges of impaired operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm as well as operating an ATV while prohibited by a fire ban which was in effect for that region at the time. His name is not being released as charges have not been formally sworn at this time.