The 63 year old driver of a pick up truck wanted for questioning in connection with a transit bus passenger death Friday has spoken to police.
“There’s no determination of charges if any at this point and the investigation is simply continuing. He said hew as the driver of the vehicle involved in that incident” Nanaimo RCMP Constable Gary O’Brien told CHEK News.
Police are not saying what the man’s version of events is only that he provided a statement and left the detachment. Investigators had said they were looking for an older model Dodge pick up truck pulling a trailer with the word “Flooring”on the back.
It is believed that vehicle pulled out of a commercial driveway on Labieux Rd. near Bowen Rd right in front of the bus causing the bus driver to slam on the brakes.
This resulted in a 56 year old passenger being thrown from his seat hitting his head on something.
He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“That is one part of the investigation. We’re looking at talking to other witnesses. There’s a mechanical inspection that’s going to be underway this week on the vehicle and we’re looking at other vehicle surveillance as well” added O’Brien.
Cory Gregory was also a passenger on the bus.
He says he saw a red pick up truck pull in front of the bus, turn left and keep going.
“I was thinking to myself, like man he might not even know what had happened or if there was an injury. You know for all he knew he just cut off a bus” said Gregory.
The union representing transit drivers in Greater Victoria says hard braking to avoid other vehicles is almost a daily occurrence for drivers.
“The operators are trained to operate those vehicles but sometimes there’s situations they’re put into where they do need to make a hard brake application to avoid making contact with a pedestrian or vehicle or something that happens in front of them” Ben Williams, President of Unifor Local 333 told CHEK News.
BC Transit says this was the first accidental fatality that it has ever recorded and says that injuries are extremely rare as well.
It points to the last year when there was 1.0 passenger injuries per million passenger trips, mostly slips, trips and falls.
The man who died on the bus has not been identified.