A 31-year-old Vancouver man was the victim in a fatal motor vehicle accident near Whistler over the weekend.
The man was killed Saturday (July 14) evening when an off road vehicle he was a passenger in rolled over on the Madeley Creek Forest Service Road near Whistler Olympic Park.
Sgt. Rob Knapton said RCMP received a call at 8:25 p.m. but were unable to find the accident until approximately 9 p.m. after being dispatched to the wrong location.
Knapton said two vehicles were on the gravel road when the rear one, an open-roof red Scout International, slid into a rock going a round a corner causing it to rollover.
“Collision re-constructionists are examining the scene as well as the vehicle to determine what was the cause,” he said. “We do not believe alcohol was a factor.”
The man’s friends attempted first aid along with the B.C. Ambulance Service, however, he was pronounced deceased and transported to the Whistler Medical Clinic.
The driver, who received minor injuries, and the passenger were wearing seatbelts at the time.
Knapton said the public should be aware backcountry roads are not maintained to the standards of other public roadways and lack easy access by emergency personnel.
“Driving on these roads has some level of risk associated with it,” he said. “They are unreliable and you cannot depend on maintenance or what standard they are in.”