Speed out of control kills city woman

A 35-year-old Campbell River woman has died from injuries sustained when the speeding vehicle in which she was riding careened out of control near the Big Rock on the Old Island Highway.

RCMP Staff Sergeant Troy Beauregard reports that police were called to the crash scene last Saturday morning.

“Upon arrival, it was determined that a southbound vehicle had lost control, crossed the centre line and struck a northbound vehicle," Beauregard says.  “The southbound vehicle then entered the southbound shoulder, contacted a power pole, became airborne and then rotated several times in the air.”

Beauregard says the woman was “ejected” from the vehicle and received serious head injuries. She was taken Campbell River Hospital, stabilized and air lifted to Vancouver for further treatment but died Monday. Another occupant of the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt and escaped uninjured.

“Police are still investigating,” Beauregard says. “Speed is considered to be a factor in the collision.  Police are now assisting the BC Coroner Service with their investigation.  No names are being released pending notification of next of kin.  In light of this tragedy, we are urging drivers to adhere to posted speed limits, drive accordingly when weather results in deteriorating road conditions and use your seatbelts.”

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