Both vehicles, in crash that killed four people, will be inspected this week
The investigation into a horrific crash now turns to the vehicles involved.
Under the green tarp, the car that was carrying the four people killed Friday.
The damage to the vehicle is extensive, and the work will be a challenge.
“They’ll look at the tires, the brakes, the frame of the vehicle, what the status of the engine was like, all the safety features that were involved et cetera,” says Cst. Chris Mousseau of North Vancouver Island Traffic Services. “They’ll document it. They do up a report and the report goes on to our reconstructionist.”
Four people from the first nation reserve near Gold River were heading to Campbell River to go shopping Friday.
The car appears to have hit black ice and slush and wound up in the oncoming lane.
Two couples 42-year old Jamie Jack and 48-year old Jennifer Andrew, and 37 year old Greg Mark and 40 year old Josephine Campbell were killed
None was wearing a seat belt.
“Everybody on the reserve knows everybody,” said Richard Mark Saturday. He lost a brother, step sister and cousin in the crash. “It’s a pretty close community…everybody’s been supportive.”
The pick-up truck involved in the crash was driven by Thasis mayor Jude Schooner.
She was wearing a seat belt. It likely saved her life. She was released from hospital over the weekend.
“It’s a lot of velocity,” says Cst. Mousseau. “If you’re not wearing your seatbelt all the occupants become projectiles. There’s not a lot of room in a vehicle. Chances of you hitting someone else especially if there’s more than one or two people in the vehicle is augmented.”
Today, in a statement, the village of Tahsis, where they’re flying their flags at half mast, says maintenance on Highway 28 has been a concern in the community for years. It recently pressed BC’s Transportation Ministry about enforcement of road maintenance contracts.
The RCMP is carrying out a full inquiry
“For the comfort of the people involved,” says Mousseau. “If there was a dear loved one that passed away in it I’d want to know to the best of my ability what happened and this may also give them some peace of mind in the future.”
They hope to help provide some of the answers a community in mourning is looking for.