Man killed in moose-vehicle collision wasn’t wearing seatbelt

TC Media newsroom@thewesternstar.com
Published on June 18, 2014

The name of a 29-year-old Stephenville Crossing man, who died on the weekend after his vehicle struck a moose, was still not released Tuesday.

Cpl. John Butler of the Bay St. George RCMP said the man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision along the Trans-Canada Highway near St. George’s late Saturday night.

An autopsy on the man was carried out on Tuesday afternoon in Corner Brook, Butler said, but the results weren’t immediately available.

Butler said there didn’t seem to be any attempt on the driver’s part to avoid the moose, so either the driver didn’t see the animal or there was some other type of distraction.

“The moose was found a distance away from the car and the animal went through the windshield, peeling back the roof quite a ways,” he said. “It was a violent impact.”

A 26-year-old Stephenville Crossing woman who was in the passenger seat was found at the scene and taken to the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville for treatment and later released.

The RCMP is investigating whether other factors may have played a role in the collision.