Ahousaht First Nation Loses Another Member to Car Wreck

Ahousaht First Nation Loses Another Member to Car Wreck

Wawmeesh Hamilton
10/16/11

The Ahousaht First Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island has lost a second citizen to a car wreck in as many months.

A 79-year-old grandfather from Ahousaht B.C. died and his two teen grandsons were injured after a car the older man was driving struck a rock face as he drove along Highway 4 west of Port Alberni.

According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Constable Jen Allan, emergency crews responded to calls about the accident about 20 miles west of Port Alberni at 3:45 p.m. on Friday. The vehicle was traveling from the West Coast to Port Alberni when the 79-year-old driver lost control and struck a rock face before launching into the air and landing on its roof.

The driver was transported to Victoria General Hospital but died of his injuries on Saturday morning.

The teens, aged 14 and 18, were taken to West Coast General Hospital treated for non life threatening injuries and released. All three were from the Ahousaht First Nation, Allan said. That is the birthplace of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.

RCMP collision experts and the Central Island Highway Patrol are investigating the accident. Speed was a contributing factor of the accident, Allan said.

This was the second fatal accident in two months to befall the community of Ahousaht. In August the head of the Nation's main fishery, tribe member Darrell E. Campbell, was killed by a drunk driver in a two-car crash on Highway 12 near Port Angeles, Washington. He was 49.

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