RCMP: Midnight snowmobile ride on Victoria Road leads to crash and independent investigation

Police say a sledder was driving his snowmobile on Victoria Road at around midnight, then fled when police encountered him, crashing into a parked commercial vehicle. He was taken to hospital with injuries.

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File photo: An RCMP vehicle.

A man was admitted to hospital and a B.C. independent investigations unit is involved after a snowmobile incident on Victoria Road around midnight on Dec. 13, 2021.

In a statement, B.C. RCMP say that local officers noted a man without a helmet riding his snowmobile on Victoria Road around midnight on the night between Dec. 13 and 14, 2021.

It was snowing heavily at the time.

Police say the man “sped away” from police, turning down a one-way road before crashing into a parked commercial vehicle.

“The operator was located a short distance away suffering from injuries. Emergency Health Services were called and the man was transported to hospital for treatment,” the B.C. RCMP said in a statement.

Police say the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is now investigating the incident. In B.C., the IIO is called in to investigate incidents involving injuries to people during police pursuits, arrests and detentions, among other reasons for investigations.

The sequence of events including the description of the encounter in this story has been provided in a police statement; we do not know the identity of the person involved in the incident so we cannot reach out to him. If it emerges that there is a dispute over the basic facts presented, we are happy to report that side of the story; however, announcements of B.C. IIO investigations happen regularly and are often automatically triggered when an injury happens to a member of the public during a pursuit, arrest, or detention.

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