One of the female passengers from last week’s fatal rollover on Pemberton Meadows Road has been released from hospital.
Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair confirmed the 29-year-old woman has chosen to stay in the Lower Mainland while the two other victims, a male and female both 21, remain in hospital care.
The accident occurred during the Slow Food Cycle on the morning of Aug. 18. Police received several calls from cyclists reporting a pickup swerving at high speed on the road shared with cyclists for the event. According to witnesses the driver lost control and left the road to the right-hand side, narrowly missing cyclists and rolling several times.
The 29-year old driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while three of the four remaining passengers were flown to a Vancouver with serious injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.
A friend of the family has confirmed the deceased as Whistler resident Matt Oeullette.
Police said cyclists in the event were not a factor in the accident. Nonetheless, organizers of the Slow Food Cycle are reviewing their traffic procedures for next year, as the 4,000 participants this year overwhelmed the capacity of the Pemberton Meadows Road. Many cyclists were also seen regularly crossing the yellow line and disobeying traffic laws, according to co-organizer Anna Helmer.
The RCMP had planned to meet with organizers Wednesday to discuss the options for next year, but LeClair said the meeting was planned in advance and was not a result of the fatality.
Last Tuesday (Aug. 27) the family of Oeullette held a fundraiser in partnership with Creekbread restaurant in Whistler, with partial proceeds of pizza sales in addition to private donations going to assist with the bills of the other accident victims. The event raised more than $3,000.