Po­lice won’t say if al­co­hol, speed con­trib­uted to fa­tal crash at Hum­ber Val­ley Re­sort

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - EDITORIAL -

The Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice is say­ing very lit­tle about a fa­tal snow­mo­bile col­li­sion that claimed the life of a 21-year-old east coast man Sun­day morn­ing.

Justyn Pol­lard was killed when the snow­mo­bile he was driv­ing col­lided head on with a taxi on the bridge lead­ing to the Hum­ber Val­ley Re­sort.

Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe, me­dia re­la­tions of­fi­cer in St. John’s, said a traf­fic an­a­lyst has at­tended the scene, tak­ing pho­to­graphs and mea­sure­ments in an ef­fort to re­con­struct what hap­pened. Mem­bers with the Cor­ner Brook De­tach­ment have been tak­ing state­ments from wit­nesses and oth­ers in­volved in the col­li­sion.

The col­li­sion oc­curred at 4 a.m. O’Keefe said it’s not yet known if al­co­hol or speed were a fac­tor. O’Keefe said it is hard to say at this point if there will be any charges as that de­pends on the out­come of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The 26-year-old pas­sen­ger on the snow­mo­bile suf­fered a num­ber of bro­ken bones and is still in hos­pi­tal. The man is from the Con­cep­tion Bay South area, as was Pol­lard.

O’Keefe said he had no in­for­ma­tion about the con­di­tion of one of the oc­cu­pants in­jured in the taxi and would not say if the per­son was one of the five pas­sen­gers or the taxi driver.

The Cor­ner Brook Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary, the Steady Brook Lit­tle Rapids Re­gional Fire Ser­vice and lo­cal paramedics as­sisted the RCMP at the scene.

A Go Fund Me ac­count has been set up to as­sist Pol­lard’s fam­ily with funeral costs. Up to mid-af­ter­noon on Mon­day $6,330 of a $15,000 goal had been raised.

An obit­u­ary list­ing from Bar­rett’s Funeral Home says Pol­lard’s funeral will be held Fri­day.

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