The son of a former St. John’s, N.L. city councillor has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash on the Malahat Saturday.
David James Tilley, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene after a collision involving two vehicles on the Trans-Canada Highway near Aspen Road at around 1 p.m. He was the son of Bruce Tilley, who was a city councillor for two decades in St. John’s before retiring from municipal politics.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of David, our beloved husband, son, brother and uncle in Victoria B.C. following a tragic car accident on June 9, 2018, aged 46,” the family wrote in an obituary that was put online.
Current St. John’s city councillor Sheilagh O’Leary posted her condolences on Facebook.
My sincere condolences go out to former council colleague Bruce Tilley and to his family on this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. https://t.co/VmOE71NKcs
The Anglican Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador also offered condolences to the Tilley family.
Bishop Geoff Peddle regrets to inform you of the sudden passing of David Tilley, the son of Mr. Bruce Tilley who is the…
The BC Coroners Service confirmed Monday that the person who died in a crash on the Malahat was a man from Vancouver who was in his 40s. They did not release his name.
According to police, a male driver (Tilley) and a female passenger were travelling south at the time of the crash. The passenger was sent to hospital with serious injuries.
The female driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was taken to hospital with injuries. Police said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash and they are investigating the level of the female driver’s alleged impairment. She was driving north at the time of the collision.
The highway was closed for several hours after the crash.
The fatal crash over the weekend was just two weeks after a rollover collision in Goldstream Provincial Park. No one died in that crash but two people were injured. Both crashes have led to more calls for improved safety measures on the Malahat.