RCMP investigation continues into highway death 

Eleanor Reinecke was killed on Highway 99 on January 6

The investigation into the death of Australian Eleanor Reinecke is still under investigation, according to the Whistler RCMP. The RCMP is waiting on a report from a collision analyst, as well as a copy of the driver's cell phone records from the evening of the accident. The coroner's investigation is also still in progress at this point.

Reinecke was walking with traffic on Highway 99, just north of Lorimer Road in the early hours of Jan. 6, when a northbound cab struck her. The 24-year-old, in Whistler for the season, died as a result of her injuries.

According to reports, the driver saw Reinecke and attempted to swerve away, then swerved back again to avoid hitting a vehicle in the southbound lane. The vehicle's black box was investigated to determine the drivers' speed and braking before the accident. The driver was not intoxicated and at this point there have been no charges.

As well as the events immediately leading up to her death, the RCMP investigation was expanded to track Reinecke's movements over the course of the evening that lead to her walking along the highway at 3 a.m., in the opposite direction of her home. At one point in the evening she attended a late "New Year's Eve" party with other co-workers who were on shift of Dec. 31.


Sled dog kill investigation taking next steps

The RCMP is meeting with the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) today (Mar. 17) to discuss next steps in the ongoing investigation. Interviews are still underway, according to Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair of the Whistler RCMP, and there is still a possibility that the investigation will have to wait until spring to properly investigate the kill site.

In the meantime, The Province newspaper reported this week that a task force charged with reviewing the killing of up to 100 sled dogs by a Whistler-area operator is going to issue new industry guidelines that will prevent culling of sled dogs in the future. Animal cruelty laws may be changed as well.

Currently, there's no law against killing a dog if it's done humanely. In this case, the operator used a firearm and it's alleged that not all of the animals died immediately.

The task force's report is due on Mar. 25.


Three arrested in village brawl

At 3:15 a.m. on Mar. 13 the RCMP received a report of a fight in the village involving a number of individuals outside a local nightclub. When they attended the scene at least five people were involved in altercations, and most of them broke up when the police arrived. However, three individuals continued to fight and were arrested. All three were brought to cells and held overnight until they were sober, and all were given various charges. A 26-year-old male from North Vancouver and a 26-year-old male from Whistler were issued tickets for being drunk in public as well as municipal nuisance bylaw tickets. A 25-year-old from Saskatoon was issued a ticket for drunk-in-public.


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