Fatal crash on Coquihalla Highway

A 33-year-old man from Gibsons died in a collision on the Coquihalla Highway Friday night.

  • Jun. 6, 2012 11:00 a.m.

A 33-year-old man from Gibsons died in a collision on the Coquihalla Highway Friday night.

Members of Fraser Valley Traffic Services and Hope RCMP were called to the scene at about 8:35 p.m. after a white, 1999 Chevrolet Astro minivan ended up in a ditch near the southbound Zopkios brake check.

Lower Mainland RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter Thiessen said the driver, who was the lone occupant, was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The investigation has revealed that weather and road conditions do not appear to have been contributing factors. However, Thiessen noted that speed, alcohol, mechanical defects on the vehicle and driver inattention have not been ruled out.

Police have not released the name of the man at this time, pending notification of next of kin. The crash remains under investigation by Fraser Valley Traffic Services, the Office of the Provincial Coroner and the Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Section.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact Const. Steve Martin of the Fraser Valley Traffic Services at 604-702-4039.