RCMP confirm City of Fort St. John vehicle involved in fatal incident

The Fort St. John RCMP confirmed Tuesday that a City of Fort St. John vehicle was involved in a March 6th incident that claimed the life of a pedestrian.

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A shot of police on a road in Fort St. John with pylons blocking off most of the road.
Police presence on 100th Street following the fatal March 6th incident. (supplied)

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John RCMP confirmed Tuesday that a City of Fort St. John vehicle was involved in a March 6th incident that claimed the life of a pedestrian.

Police and Emergency Services personnel responded to the incident on 100th Street and 99th Avenue on March 6th, 2023, at about 4:44 p.m.

Initially, the City of Fort St. John released a statement on Facebook on March 6th that said a city vehicle was involved in the incident.

“Early this evening, a City vehicle was involved in an accident involving a pedestrian. We are and will continue to cooperate with the RCMP. We are thankful for the quick response of emergency personnel and will continue to support all of those impacted by this incident, including the pedestrian and our employees,” the City’s initial statement read.

However, shortly after that statement was issued, the city released an update stating that police hadn’t confirmed whether a city vehicle was involved.

Madonna Saunderson with the RCMP told Energeticcity on Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing.

Ryan Harvey with the City of Fort St. John said Tuesday that the city extends its “deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim,” adding that it continues to cooperate with the ongoing police investigation.

Shortly after the incident occurred, a BC Conservation Officer reportedly arrived at the scene and found bystanders providing first aid to the unresponsive adult male.

Police say the man had been struck by a piece of equipment used for snow clearing.

He was transported to the hospital, but despite medical intervention, he succumbed to the injuries he sustained.

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