Lillooet driver killed in single vehicle accident

A 72 year old Lillooet driver died at the scene of a single vehicle rollover on Hwy 40.

  • Jul. 10, 2013 5:00 p.m.

The Lillooet RCMP and BC Coroners Service are continuing their investigation into a long weekend fatal collision on Hwy 40, which took the life of long time Lillooet resident, Donald Yaremchuk.

On July 3 2:20 am Lillooet Detachment was notified of a single vehicle rollover collision approximately 28 km north of Lillooet on Hwy 40. British Columbia Ambulance and Lillooet Fire Rescue members also attended to assist.

Donald Yaremchuk, 72, was pronounced deceased at the scene from injuries sustained in the vehicle roll over. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

The scene examination indicated that the driver was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and was ejected from the vehicle. Investigators have determined that speed played a major factor in this collision. Highway 40 was closed for several hours as the vehicle and debris had completely blocked the roadway.

“With several motor vehicle related crashes and fatalities on Lillooet area roads in the past year, the community is mourning the loss of another longtime Lillooet resident,” said Sgt. Darrell Robinson. “Although we live in a rural area with less traffic congestion and volume, residents need to mindful of their driving habits and not rush time during their travels in order to make up distances.”

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