Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen, with the 100 Mile House RCMP. (Melissa Smalley - 100 Mile Free Press)

Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen, with the 100 Mile House RCMP. (Melissa Smalley - 100 Mile Free Press)

Single-vehicle collision on Horse Lake Road claims life of elderly motorist

Witnesses say the man was driving towards 100 Mile House when he swerved off the road

An elderly motorist died Friday after his vehicle left the road near the intersection of Horse Lake Road and McMillan Road, coming to rest against a small stand of trees.

100 Mile House RCMP received a report of a possible fatal vehicle collision at noon on June 11. Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen said the elderly male driver of the vehicle was clearly in medical distress.

Officers responded to the call along with BC Ambulance, 100 Mile Fire Rescue, BC Highway Patrol and a CVSE inspector to assist. Dawson Road Maintenance flaggers assisted with traffic control. The roadway was shut down for a significant period of time as BC Air Ambulance was called to the scene.

“The investigation revealed the local man had been headed westbound in his van toward 100 Mile House along Horse Lake Road, when the van was observed by witnesses to slow down considerably, start to weave back and forth and then exit the roadway to the left side, coming to rest against some small trees,” Nielsen said.

The witnesses on the scene immediately attended to the driver and attempted CPR. This was continued by members of BC Ambulance and 100 Mile Fire Rescue as they arrived on the scene.

Unfortunately, after BC Air Ambulance arrived, it was determined the man was deceased. RCMP have informed his next of kin and will assist the BC Coroner’s office with the investigation.

Nielsen said 100 Mile House services members offer their condolences to the man’s family.

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