RCMP seek witnesses to head-on collision Wednesday near Castlegar

Three-year-old twins escape serious injury after head-on collision near Castlegar Wednesday, Oct. 16; Slocan man facing numerous charges.

On Wednesday, October 16 at approximately 3:30 p.m., West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit and Castlegar RCMP attended an accident on Hwy 3, about 10 km west of Castlegar.

The driver, and lone occupant, of a Honda Prelude was east bound on Hwy 3 when he crossed the center line into the oncoming traffic.

“An Acura, occupied by a 30-year-old female driver from Castlegar, a female passenger, and 3-year-old twins, swerved left to try to avoid the Honda. The driver of the Honda then re-corrected, and struck the Acura head on,” said Sgt. Laurel Mathew in a release.

The driver of the Acura was taken to the hospital with possible leg and neck injuries. One of the children had a minor cut on their chin, but no other injuries were reported.

“The driver of the Honda had to be extricated from his vehicle and was also taken to hospital suffering from broken bones and possible internal injuries,” said Mathew. “None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.”

The driver of the Honda, a 37-year-old Slocan man, is facing numerous charges under the Motor Vehicle Act which include no driver’s licence, no insurance, and misuse of plates.

Police are also pursuing charges under the Criminal Code which include: three counts of breaching probation for not having an interlock device in his car, consuming alcohol contrary to court conditions, and not driving unless going to or from work.

Police are also considering charges for  impaired driving causing bodily harm  and dangerous driving.

If anyone witnessed this incident, please contact West Kootenay IRSU, Cst. Enkirch at (250) 354-5134, the Castlegar RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222 TIPS ( 7477)