On November 26th, 2013 at approximately 10:15 pm the Campbell River RCMP along with BC Ambulance and Campbell River Fire Rescue were called to a report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 19a (Old Island Highway) near Sailor Road.
From the initial scene examination it appeared as though a southbound Volvo sedan, driven by a 28 year old Campbell River man, crossed the center line and struck a north bound Honda sedan, driven by a 59 year old Campbell River man. The resulting collision was very severe and the driver of the Honda was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Volvo was transported to Campbell River Hospital for treatment then transferred to Victoria.
The highway was closed while police conducted a scene examination assisted by an RCMP Collision Reconstructionist. A lengthy investigation ensued into causes and factors in this collision. A report to Crown Counsel was submitted and three charges have now been laid.
Kenneth Spencer Johnston of Campbell River is facing charges of; Impaired Driving Causing Death, Driving with Blood Alcohol Exceeding Eighty Milligrams Causing an Accident Resulting in Death, and Dangerous Driving Causing Death.
The accused will appear in Campbell River Provincial Court on July 14th, 2014.
Impaired Driving remains one of the top causes of criminal death in British Columbia. The RCMP will continue in efforts to keep impaired drivers off our roadways. The start of the summer season will see increased enforcement efforts in this area. If you are planning on drinking, do not drive. Find an alternate way home to ensure that you and those sharing the road with you arrive at their destination safely. Failing to do so can have tragic consequences as in this incident.
– Contributed by Campbell River RCMP