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RCMP continue major investigation of deadly Sayward area crash

Investigators from North Vancouver Island Traffic Services recently wrapped up their investigation of a fatal collision that occurred on November 10th, 2014.

Police say the crash involved an alleged impaired driver crossing the centre line of Highway 19, while northbound near Sayward, and slamming into a southbound vehicle.

The driver of the southbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene while the accused received minor injuries.

Investigators gathered evidence to support charges of impaired driving causing death, causing an accident resulting in death, and dangerous driving causing death.

North Vancouver Island Traffic Service members confirm they have also worked with the Sayward detachment, RCMP Forensic Lab, Integrated Collision and Re-constructionist, and Provincial Coroner. Other resources included Ministry of Highways, Environment Canada, and ICBC.

The accused, 59 year old Elizabeth Sparks of Port McNeil, has been served a summons to appear at BC Provincial Court at Campbell River on March 9th.

RCMP Sergeant Mark Whitworth says police urge the public to report any unsafe driving incidents in the region…

According to RCMP, Sparks also received an Administrative Driving Prohibition, issued shortly after the collision for a period of 90 days.

In addition, investigators requested a review of Sparks’ driving record and status by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles resulting in a further two-year driving prohibition. These administrative sanctions are separate processes from the criminal charges.

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