Fatal crash on Hwy. 88

Leader staff

On January 30, 2020 at 2 p.m., a 41-year-old man from Red Earth Creek died in a car crash on Highway 88, says RCMP Sergeant Don Racette. It was around kilometre marker 46 or 47, north of Slave Lake.

The crash involved two southbound vehicles.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a southbound tanker-truck, slowed to turn left onto a service road, says an RCMP media release. A car with one occupant ran into the back of the trailer. The driver of the car was pronounced dead on the scene. The semi driver, the lone occupant of the truck, wasn’t injured.

“We believe speed was a factor,” says Racette.

A collision analyst assisted with the investigation.The RCMP intermittently closed the road from 2 to 11 p.m. allowing one lane of traffic through when possible.  

Charges aren’t going to be laid, says Racette.

High speed chase

In other RCMP news, on January 30, 2020, a 20-year-old Calling Lake man stole a 2006 GMC pickup in Westlock, says an Athabasca RCMP spokesperson. He attempted to evade police by taking different roads.

The chase started in Westlock, proceeded into Athabasca RCMP jurisdiction and finally into the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.

The suspect headed north on Secondary Highway 812 southwest of Athabasca to Highway 2. Turning onto Highway 2 west of Athabasca, he drove northwest. He turned onto 2A, drove through Smith to East Fawcett Road.

RCMP were converging on his position, when he hit the ditch.

The man was arrested. He was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, and flight from police. His case will be heard in Athabasca Provincial Court.

Westlock, Slave Lake, Athabasca, and the Eastern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit were all involved in capturing the suspect. 

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