One dead in motor vehicle accident 

A two-vehicle accident in the early morning of May 23 resulted in the death of one of the drivers.

According to witnesses, the crash took place at approximately 5:45 a.m. when the driver of a northbound Mazda Protégé lost control around a right hand curve near the Green River railway crossing, 15 kilometres north of Whistler. The car crossed into the left lane and struck a Ford pickup head-on. The driver of the pickup tried to avoid the collision but could not get out of the way in time.

The driver of the Mazda died at the scene of the crash. The driver of the pickup was taken to the Whistler Health Care Centre where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, and the file has been referred to Sea to Sky Traffic Services.

Probation for driver involved in death of three

The driver of one of the cars responsible for a motor vehicle accident that left three dead and 10 injured on the morning of April 14, 2001 has been found guilty of changes of dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

The youth, who was 16 at the time of the accident, received five years of driving probation, and two years of probation with the condition that he cannot be outside of his residence for any reasons other than school, employment, medical, or religious worship without consent of his youth court worker. He also received 30 hours of community service.

The accident took place on powerline hill, just south of Whistler.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash, including a van full of cleaners car pooling to work in Whistler. They were struck head-on by a red Camaro, driven by the 16 year old from Richmond. Two Squamish residents in the back of the van and one Vancouver resident in the back of the Camaro died as a result of their injuries.

The third vehicle, a Toyota Accura that was with the Camaro, also struck the back of the van, causing minor damage.

At the time, speeding was determined to be one of the main causes for the crash.

Beware counterfeit travellers cheques

The Whistler RCMP received six counterfeit traveller’s cheques over a two day period this week, all of which had been cashed at local Whistler businesses by various unknown males. Four of the cheques were of the Thomas Cook / Mastercard variety, and two were Visa. All were in $100 denominations and had different serial numbers.

The RCMP are asking local businesses to be on the lookout for the counterfeits. If you suspect a counterfeit transaction is taking place, contact the Whistler RCMP immediately at 604-932-3044.

Police arrest individual with knife

On a routine foot patrol in the village on Saturday, the Whistler RCMP were alerted that a male was running through the Village Square breezeway with a kitchen knife in his right hand.

The officers immediately pursued the suspect, drawing their firearms and instructing him to drop the knife. He complied and was taken into custody by the RCMP.

The suspect is a 17-year-old male from Surrey who had taken a taxi to Whistler Village and fled without paying. No threats were made to the taxi driver.

The knife was a butcher knife with a seven-and-a-half-inch blade.

The male was held in custody at the Whistler RCMP detachment, and later released with charges of weapon possession for a dangerous purpose and obtaining transportation for fraud. He is currently awaiting court.

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