Corner Brook RNC say speed a factor in collision that claimed life of 20-year-old man in the city

Diane Crocker
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CORNER BROOK  The Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary should know more about what caused a single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 20-year-old city man early this morning once collision experts survey the scene with a specialized total station.

Const. Scott Mosher, RNC media relations officer, said that equipment and other pieces that will be used in the investigation is en route from St. John’s along with a collision analyst who will assist the local members in the investigation.

Mosher spoke with the media from the accident scene this morning.

The accident, which occurred just before 1:15 a.m., happened on Griffin Drive near the intersection with Water Street.

“Right now it appears that speed was a contributing factor,” said Mosher of what caused the west-bound vehicle to go off the road.

“The vehicle travelled approximately 50 metres struck on the side of the embankment and rolled over and came to rest on it’s roof,” he Mosher.

Upon arrival, RNC members identified three people who were involved in the collision.

Mosher said all were occupants of the vehicle, including a 23-year-old male driver, 25-year-old female passenger and the deceased man, who was also a passenger in the vehicle.

“There was one person who was out of the vehicle (the victim), the driver was still in the vehicle and the second passenger (the woman) was  just getting out of the vehicle,” said Mosher. “The initial investigation would suggest that the deceased was thrown from the vehicle.”

He said the man was alive at the scene but unresponsive. He was taken to Western Memorial Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by medical practitioners. The other two people were also taken to hospital but Mosher had no information on their condition.

The road in the area of the accident between the intersections of Griffin Drive with Water Street and Barrett’s Road will remain closed to traffic for most of the day.

Organizations: BROOK The Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Water Street

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  • Geoff
    August 19, 2013 - 15:03

    I really think the Western Star should not allow comments to be posted in these types of articles. Why allow inconsiderate comments by idiots on such tragic situations? The families of all involved I'm sure are devastated by this, they don't need to read this kind of crap.

    August 19, 2013 - 14:33

    Exactly what @CBROOKER said. & @CHAVY who's to say he didnt have a seat belt on you know loads of times seat belts come undone etc. Just think about this young boy who passed. He wasnt the driver he wasnt the one who was possibly speeding or under the influence. This young boy is a son, a father! He dont deserve to be bashed! Praying for the families involved!

  • cbrooker
    August 19, 2013 - 12:27

    @chavy, I think what they meant by "Speed a factor" was that was what caused the crash, not the death. A man not wearing his seatbelt doesn't cause a car to loose control, but speeding does.

  • Citizen
    August 19, 2013 - 12:01

    What an utterly terrible tragedy. Please, please, young drivers, drive within the speed limit, insist that all passengers wear seat belts, do not text while driving, and exercise caution on the roads. This is heartbreaking.