Hope man dies in ATV accident

Crash occurred on Spuzzum Creek Forestry Road, about 4.5 kilometres west of Highway 1, last Saturday

A 63-year-old Hope man was killed in an ATV accident over the weekend.

Caesar Manuel Soares was driving down a steep, narrow hill on Spuzzum Creek Forestry Road, about 4.5 kilometres west of Highway 1, last Saturday at about 7:40 p.m. when he lost control of his ATV and crashed.

According to the BC Coroners Service, Soares succumbed to multiple blunt force trauma injuries. Two female passengers were taken to hospital, one with minor injuries and the other with broken bones.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the BC Coroners Service.

This is the second tragedy for the family this year, with Soares losing his mother in a traffic accident on Fourth Avenue near Coquihalla Street in January.

A memorial service for Soares will be held on June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Hope Legion.