At 12:09 p.m., Kamloops RCMP requested the Clearwater detachment attend an incident about 14 kilometres up Highway 24, near the access to Latrimoulle Lake, for a motorcycle collision and a possible death at the scene.
The RCMP helicopter AIR4 was out searching for a motorcyclist that had been reported as overdue when they observed the scene at a left hand turn, one kilometer past the washroom rest stop, at the chain up area near the summit. The helicopter hovered over the scene but did not notice any movement.
A Kamloops BC Highway Patrol member attended and located the male rider deceased at the scene, and BC Ambulance Service was stood down. Const. Meyer attended and photographed the scene. An investigation revealed that the motorcycle had failed to negotiate a sharp left-hand curve on the highway and gradually went off the road with no sign of braking.
The highway in this area was a single lane down, and two lanes up westbound. Sgt. Grant Simpson was advised of the incident. The BC plate was confirmed the vehicle was registered to the 65-year-old male reported missing from Lone Butte B.C., and he was identified as the deceased via his BC driver’s licence which was located in his wallet.
The Kamloops coroner attended to the scene, and a local tow company removed the bike and stored it at their compound. The victim’s spouse attended the scene where she was advised of his untimely passing. She provided her statement to investigators and his personal effects were turned over to her.
A thorough investigation was completed and all pertinent documentation forwarded to the required partnering agencies.
At 4:02 a.m., a 56-year-old Ontario man called to report a vehicle owned and driven by a 25-year-old Quesnel man was idling at the stop sign on Highway 5 at Bean Road, with the driver asleep at the wheel and his foot on the brake.
Eventually the vehicle idled across the highway into the opposite ditch prior to Const. Tobin’s arrival on scene. The complainant remained on scene and confirmed that the driver was uninjured and breathing, but had actually remained passed out through the collision. The complainant also ensured continuity was maintained, in terms of the driver not drinking or eating anything prior to the constable arriving.
An Alcohol Screening Device was utilized by Const. Tobin upon the now-awake driver and two samples were obtained from him. These samples indicated a “Fail” so the driver was served a 90-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The vehicle was towed and secured by the local tow company. A thorough investigation was completed and all required documentation submitted to the Motor Vehicle Branch of B.C.
Later at 5:41 p.m., an anonymous report was received by the Clearwater detachment of a driver throwing a lit cigarette butt from a vehicle window across from Dutch Lake Beach in Clearwater. The caller reported that a male driving a vehicle bearing Quebec plates was responsible.
Const. Meyer conducted motor vehicle checks and the registered owner was identified. Police checks show the driver is known to police and is employed by a contract company working on the TMX pipeline. Investigation ongoing, as this careless act could have had devastating consequences!
Clearwater RCMP responded to 49 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.