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Serious motor vehicle incident claims life of Rossland man

RCMP along with emergency vehicles and crews attend the collision scene Monday morning in the 1700-block of Kootenay Avenue in Rossland. — RCMP photo

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue their investigations into a serious pedestrian involved collision which claimed the life of a Rossland man Monday morning.

In a media release Tuesday, Trail and Greater District RCMP said officers and emergency medical and fire crews responded to a serious motor vehicle incident involving a pedestrian on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 11:43 a.m. at the 1700-block of Kootenay Avenue in Rossland.

RCMP said preliminary investigative findings suggest that a pedestrian became pinned between a Jeep Cherokee, which had been travelling along Kootenay Avenue and a stationary parked pickup truck.

“The pedestrian, a 61-year-old Rossland man, sustained severe injuries as a result of the impact of the collision,” RCMP said.

“(People at the scene) worked to assist in freeing the pedestrian from being pinned between both motor vehicles.”

RCMP the man was transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services for emergency medical care.

“Sadly, the 61-year-old Rossland man succumbed to his injuries and passed away in hospital,” RCMP said.

“The driver of the Jeep, a 91-year-old Rossland woman, was assessed medically and released at the scene by emergency medical personnel.”

RCMP said the BC Coroners Service was notified and has launched its own concurrent investigation into the man’s death.

RCMP said due to the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroners Act, his name will not be released publicly.

Trail and Greater District RCMP continue to investigate this incident, with support from BC RCMP Traffic Services.

Sgt. Mike Wicentowich, the Trail RCMP Detachment Commander, urges anyone who may be struggling with this tragic incident to contact his detachment’s mainline at 250-364-2566, to be connected with RCMP Victim Services.

Sgt. Wicentowich said “the victim and his family are well-known within the Rossland community and this is a sudden and unexpected tragedy for all. ”

The Trail RCMP Victim Services Unit is available to assist anyone who is struggling in anyway with this incident.