Accident investigation could continue for weeks: Mosher

Diane Crocker
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The Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the investigation into the single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 20-year-old man early Monday morning could continue for weeks.

CORNER BROOK — The investigation into Monday’s fatal accident in Corner Brook could go on for a number of weeks, according to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s media relations officer.

“There are some other things that need to be determined,” said Const. Scott Mosher on Tuesday.  “Any time that we’re dealing with forensic evidence there’s a bit of a turnaround time.”

However, Mosher expected some initial information from the investigation could come within the next couple of days.

The single-vehicle accident occurred just before 1:15 a.m. Monday on Griffin Drive near the intersection with Water Street. Three people where in the vehicle that crossed the road, struck the side of an embankment, rolled over and landed on its roof.  Mosher said Monday that it appears the 20-year-old male victim was thrown from the vehicle. On Tuesday, he said an autopsy had been conducted on the victim, however, out of respect to his family the results of that autopsy, including a cause of death, would not be released. The young man’s name is also not being released.

RNC investigators spent a considerable amount of time at the scene on Monday and used a total station to take measurements.

“Those measurements are used to give them a scene diagram,” said Mosher. He noted they can also be used to determine the minimum speed based on the tire marks.

“That information is being compiled and they’ll use that in determining whether or not excessive speed was a factor.”

On Monday Mosher said from the initial investigation police believed that to be the case.

The vehicle has been impounded at the RNC headquarters and Mosher said it will be subject to further forensic investigation.

The other two people in the car, the 23-year-old male driver and 25-year-old female passenger, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the accident.

Mosher said investigators spoke with both of them briefly Monday.

“They’re still in hospital receiving medical treatment,” said Mosher. “They do have to speak with them, they do need to be interviewed, however, the hospital is not the perfect situation for that.”

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Water Street

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