Pair of motor vehicle accidents keep Castlegar RCMP, emergency crews, busy

Castlegar RCMP has been kept busy recently with a couple of motor vehicle accidents as well as mischief complaints.

  • Aug. 1, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Castlegar RCMP has been kept busy recently with a couple of motor vehicle accidents as well as mischief complaints.

On July 30th, at approximately 2:30 pm, Castlegar RCMP responded to a four vehicle accident on the Kinnaird bridge. A vehicle being driven by a 31 year-old Castlegar man failed to stop behind the line up of traffic on the bridge, and rear ended the vehicle in front of him that was stopped. The second vehicle in turn struck the vehicle in front of him, and at the same time the nose of his vehicle was pushed out into traffic and the fourth car, which was traveling in the opposite direction, was struck as well.

Only the driver of the first vehicle suffered minor injuries.  He was charged with Driving without consideration under the Motor Vehicle Act.

On July 31st, at approximately  10:15 am, Castlegar RCMP responded to an accident where a 42 year-old man from the Island was exiting Columbia ave on the on ramp at the Chevron station towards the Kinnaird Bridge, when he decided to make a u-turn around the small cement barricade just on the off ramp.  As he turned back up the on ramp, he struck a motorcycle that was stopped at the lights. The 58 year-old passenger from the motorcycle suffered a sore leg and hip and was taken to Trail hospital for assessment. The driver of the SUV which struck the motorcycle was charged with making an illegal u-turn under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Castlegar RCMP are investigating a substantial amount of mischief which occurred over night on July 30th.  At least nine vehicles along 6th avenue were struck with what is believed to be pellets from a pellet gun, damaging windows and windshields. Most of the damage occurred to the transport trucks that were parked at Clark Freight Ways.

It appears that some aim was taken to target windshields of the vehicles, and that this was not simply random firing of pellets.

Police are viewing video surveillance from businesses in the area to try and determine who might be responsible for this wilful damage.   If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Castlegar RCMP.

The Castlegar RCMP Officers were also busy this past weekend getting drinking drivers off the road.  13 drivers lost their licences to either a 3 day IRP, 90 day IRP, Criminal Code Impaired driving, and 2 lost their licence for driving while under the influence of drugs.   A few of these drivers were from out of Province, but most were either local drivers, or at least from B.C.