Investigators from North Vancouver Island Traffic Services recently completed their investigation of a fatal collision that occurred on Nov. 10, 2014. This crash involved an alleged impaired driver crossing the centre line of Highway 19, while northbound near Sayward, and colliding with a southbound vehicle. The driver of the southbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene while the accused received minor injuries.
Investigators gathered evidence to support charges of impaired driving causing death, causing an accident resulting in death, and dangerous driving causing death. North Vancouver Island Traffic Service members also worked with the Sayward detachment, RCMP Forensic Lab, Integrated Collision and Re-constructionist, and Provincial Coroner. Other resources included Ministry of Highways, Environment Canada, and ICBC.
The accused, 59 year old Elizabeth Sparks of Port McNeill, has been served a summons to appear at BC Provincial Court at Campbell River on March 9, 2015. Sparks also received an Administrative Driving Prohibition, issued shortly after the collision for a period of 90 days. In addition, investigators requested a review of Sparks’ driving record and status by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles resulting in a further two-year driving prohibition.
These administrative sanctions are separate processes from the criminal charges.
It is extremely important for all of us to do our part to prevent these type of tragic events from occurring. Do not consume alcohol if you intend on driving and ensure you discourage others you may see attempting such high risk behaviour – speak to them or call police, always be mindful of how your driving actions may affect other road users, and remember that we all have a responsibility to contribute to the safest roads possible.