Vehicle clocked at more than 160 km/h hits tree - Mar. 26, 2014
St. David Ridge
A vehicle travelling at speeds in excess of 160 kilometres per hour on Route 1 early Saturday morning eventually came to a stop – after colliding with a tree.
Four people - two 20-year-old men and two teenage girls, aged 16 and 17 - were transported to the Charlotte County Hospital with minor to moderate injuries sustained in the crash.
Controlled substances were found at the scene of the crash and the investigation into the accident is continuing, a spokesperson for the RCMP RSC 10 stated.
Sgt. Bob MacKnight said an RCMP officer conducting traffic enforcement on March 22 shortly before 3 a.m. caught sight of the speeding eastbound vehicle. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle.
“When it became evident that the driver was not slowing, in an obvious effort to avoid apprehension, endangering themselves and others, the police concluded the contact,” said MacKnight.
He said however that the officer was able to see the vehicle exit Route 1 onto the St. David Ridge Road.
Since the officer was concerned about the driver and others who may have been in the vehicle and other traffic on the road, it was determined that a patrol along the St. David Ridge Road would be prudent, said MacKnight.
Shortly after beginning the patrol, an officer discovered the vehicle had left the road and collided with a tree. Speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.
“It was fortunate that the police decided to make a patrol of the St. David Ridge Road,” said MacKnight.
“Due to the location, isolation and early morning hour, it is likely that had they not been located by the police, those involved in the collision would have gone unnoticed for some time, being exposed to the elements for an extended period of time.”