RIVER JOHN – An investigation into a fatal collision has been referred by the RCMP to the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT). SiRT assumed the investigation on December 17.
The collision occurred in the early evening hours on December 16, 2017 on West Branch Road (also known as River John Station Road). Two vehicles were involved: one was a small black car driven by a 50-year-old man, and that vehicle collided head-on with a small brown car occupied by three adults and a child. Three occupants of the brown car were not injured, while one female suffered a serious non life-threatening injury.
Upon arrival at the scene, RCMP were met by several members of the River John Fire Department and shortly thereafter, EHS paramedics. RCMP commenced an impaired driving investigation following the extraction of the male driver from his vehicle and placed the individual under arrest after he was taken into the ambulance. Moments later, the male driver of the black car went into medical distress and was subsequently pronounced dead at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. As a result of the individual being placed under arrest, the matter was referred to SiRT which has assumed responsibility for the investigation.
Given the matter is now being investigated by SiRT, the RCMP is unable to discuss further details about the arrest.