Following an all-night music festival, a reckless drive to a friend’s house has led to a tragic accident, claiming the life of one man, hospitalizing three and narrowly avoiding further casualty with road-side cyclists. The accident occurred during the Pemberton Slow Food Cycle, a food-tasting event where thousands of participants pedal form one farm to another along a 25-kilometre stretch of road in the Pemberton Valley. At around 11 a.m. police received several calls from cyclists reporting a black pickup swerving at high speeds down the wrong side of Pemberton Meadows Road. As the driver tried to navigate a turn near Collins Road, he lost control and left the pavement to the right-hand side, narrowly missing a group of cyclists, according to RCMP. The truck rolled several times before coming to rest in a field. Of the five occupants, all Whistler residents, the 29-year-old male driver was ejected from the cab and found dead at the scene. Two females, 21 and 29, and one male, 21, were eventually airlifted to Vancouver hospital with serious injuries. The fifth, a 23-year-old male, was released from the Whistler Health Care Centre with minor injuries. Alcohol is believed to be factor in the accident. Police describe the injuries of the three hospitalized passengers as “significant,” from which it will take time to recover. Initial police reports from witnesses stated the pickup, a black Ford F350, was racing with a silver or white pickup at the time of the accident. However Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said this is false. “There are certainly numerous witnesses, all providing accounts from their perspective, and there's no indication that I have of this vehicle racing with anybody.” He added the second pickup came upon the accident scene five minutes after the crash. Photographer Chris Starck, covering the Slow Food Cycle when the accident occurred, heard screeching tires about 100 metres behind him, followed by the sound of crunching metal. Upon seeing a plume of smoke he rushed back to assist with his first aid training until paramedics arrived, he said. "Honestly, I thought I would be pedaling into a war zone because there were a fair amount of cyclists around. I thought I would see 20 people on the ground, but luckily — that's the wrong word — but luckily it was only the people in the car that were injured." Starck attended to the first person he saw. Unable to find a pulse he then moved on to help another, he said. "He didn't know who he was or where he was, but he was in a lot of pain." The RCMP arrived quickly on the scene, as some officers were already in the area to promote bicycle safety in the Slow Food Cycle. “It's amazing that no one else was hurt,” said RCMP Sgt. Rob Knapton in a press release. “The slow food cycle is a large event for the community with a huge number of families and kids. There was significant potential for a cyclist to be hurt.” Knapton said the crash victims were travelling to a friend's house from the Two Acre Shaker, an annual, one-day music festival in the Mount Currie area. The party is known to last until early morning. The organizer for that event, Pat McKinnon, said the festival employs a 14-person security detail plus Tribal police officers to discourage drunk driving. Shuttle service is also available to and from Pemberton, as well as free on-site camping. "I don't really want to comment officially until we've heard all the news," McKinnon said. "It's a horrible tragedy and everyone's pretty shaken up about it, so I don't think it's fair yet to connect it to the Two Acre Shaker … They were coming down the Meadows Road, which isn't where the shaker is held. It's in a completely different direction."