Collision kills Okotoks man
Safety: Police suspect distracted driving involved in case
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 05:18 pm
An Okotoks man is dead when the vehicle he was driving rear-ended an SUV on Highway 2A north of High River in a suspected case of distracted driving.
A Chevrolet Blazer was waiting to turn into the Cargill Foods Ltd. plant around 7 a.m. on Sept. 19 when it was rear-ended by a Honda Civic.
The Blazer was stopped in the inside lane with its left-turn signals when the Civic, which has been travelling in the outside lane, appeared to drift to the other lane before striking the Blazer on the rear, passenger-side corner.
Investigators are looking at the possibility the incident is a case of distracted driving.
“If that in fact is a contributing factor in this, it further demonstrates a moment’s distraction can have a huge impact,” said High River RCMP Staff Sgt. Ian Shardlow.
The driver of the Civic, Jonathon Martin Hamm, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. RCMP have notified next of kin, who authorized releasing his name to the media.
Fire personnel had to use the jaws of life to remove the Civic’s roof to get to the driver.
“There’s a significant amount of damage to the vehicle, the Civic was an older model… even the truck’s got a fair bit of damage,” said High River RCMP Staff Sgt. Ian Shardlow.
The driver and lone occupant of the Blazer was treated for non-life threatening injuries for injuries and released at the scene. Shardlow said the driver went to be treated by the nurse at the Cargill plant.
The collision forced the closure of the road for 45 minutes in the morning.