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Woman unharmed after striking deer with car on Highway 5

Submitted by Sgt. G.D. Simpson

October 7

A Blackpool woman visited the Clearwater Detachment to report that she had been scammed. She advised she got a call from an unknown number the day before and spoke to a very convincing man on the phone that said he was from Royal Bank Security. He was able to convince the complainant to go to several local businesses and purchase $5,000 in gift cards.

The woman brought the cards home and provided the male the numbers on the cards. After she had done this she realized that it was a mistake and there was likely no way for police to help her as the money was gone and the number didn’t appear to be from Canada.

The complainant spoke with RCMP Victim Services and was provided information for Equifax to report this scam to them. The woman appears to have been scammed, however, was aware of what she did almost immediately.

There are no avenues of investigation to follow up on as the complainant does not have a name or number to provide to police.

October 10

At 7:40 p.m., a 39-year-old Valemount female called the RCMP to report a collision she had with a deer on Highway 5, roughly 15 kilometres south of Blue River.

There was a one hour time delay due to poor cell coverage in the area. The complainant was travelling southbound in her silver Nissan Versa and was unable to avoid striking the deer. She noted that the damage to her vehicle was extensive as the airbag had been deployed, but she was not injured.

The woman was picked up by a passerby in order to help her get to cell service. The vehicle was parked off the travelled portion of the highway on the shoulder of the southbound lane. The deer carcass had been removed from the roadway as well.

Const. Meyer contacted the complainant who arranged a local tow company to recover her vehicle. She advised the constable that while travelling southbound, the deer jumped out of the passenger side ditch and she struck and killed the deer with the front of her vehicle.

She was now back in Clearwater for the night. Highways was advised so they could remove the deer from the side of the road.

Clearwater RCMP responded to 48 calls for service this past week.

Sgt. G.D. Simpson is the detachment commander at the Clearwater RCMP Detachment. Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 or, to report anonymously, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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