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