The RCMP is seeking witnesses to a crash on Highway 5 near Vavenby that sent a man to hospital in critical condition and led to the death of a dog — a collision in which impaired driving is believed to be involved.
Cpl. Mike Halskov said the crash occurred on Sunday, Jan. 10, at approximately 3:15 p.m., when police and emergency services responded to the two-vehicle collision on Highway 5 approximately 25 kilometres north of Vavenby.
Vavenby, a small town just north of Clearwater, is about 90 minutes north of Kamloops.
Halskov said a northbound beige SUV collided with a southbound black SUV. The driver and lone occupant of the beige SUV, a man from Alberta, was airlifted to hospital in critical condition. The occupants of the other vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries.
“Sadly, one of several dogs in the black SUV died in the crash and one was injured,” Halskov said, noting the BC Conservation Officer Service helped investigators at the scene with the animals.
Road and weather conditions do not appear to be contributing factors to this collision, but Halskov said investigators have obtained evidence suggesting impaired driving by alcohol and drugs on the part of the driver of the beige SUV.
Mounties in Clearwater are seeking witnesses to this collision, including those with dash camera video of the beige SUV prior to the crash. In addition, investigators wish to speak with the driver of a commercial vehicle that was passed by the beige SUV prior to the collision.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 and quote file 2021-169.