Moose-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion re­sults in death of 22-year-old

The Compass - - OPINION -

Johnathan Eric Neil of the South River area has been iden­ti­fied as the 22-year-old man who died last Wed­nes­day af­ter the car he was driv­ing struck a moose on the New Har­bour Bar­rens.

The drver was head­ing to­wards Tilton when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred at around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 15. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened about five kilo­me­tres east of the New Har­bour turn-off.

The driver sus­tained ex­ten­sive in­juries, and was taken to hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead about an hour af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

Staff. Sgt. Pat Cahill of the Pla­cen­tia-Whit­bourne District RCMP said a 36-year-old male pasen­ger in the ve­hi­cle es­caped with “mi­nor su­per­fi­cial in­juries.”

The po­lice spokesman said an RCMP an­a­lyst was called in to re­con­struct the ac­ci­dent scene.

With the brush com­ing so close to the road­sides, Sgt. Cahill de­scribed the stretch of road as, “pretty un­for­giv­ing. You don’t have a lot of time to re­spond. The poor young fella didn’t have a chance,” Cahill said.

“ The moose came right in on top … there was not a lot of re­ac­tion time.”

When a moose pops up on the road like that, there’s not a lot of time to re­act, the po­lice of­fi­cer said.

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