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Whistler drivers urged to drive to conditions following serious accident

Police briefs: roommate assaulted, bus driver not at fault for accident and drug users busted



Police urge caution after highway collision leaves woman in critical condition

Whistler RCMP is asking drivers to stay safe on the roads after snowy conditions led to a serious accident on the Sea to Sky Highway on Sunday, Feb. 1.

A driver travelling northbound at around 7:30 a.m. lost control of her vehicle and swerved into the oncoming lane, where she was struck by a southbound van. The driver, a 38-year-old Whistler woman, was trapped in the vehicle before first responders extricated her. She suffered serious head injuries and was later airlifted to Vancouver hospital.

The driver and passenger of the van suffered no major injuries.

"People are encouraged to slow down when roads are slippery," said Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair. "The best thing you can do is have good winter tires with the snowflake symbol and not rely on all-seasons."

Whistler man allegedly assaulted by roommate

It's not uncommon to squabble with a roommate, but it doesn't very often lead to assault charges, as was the case in a Jan. 31 incident in Whistler.

Police received a call before 11 p.m. from a complainant who said his roommate was attacking another housemate in a house on Mountainview Drive. The male victim allegedly did not fight back after being attacked and told police "he was afraid for his safety after the suspect was choking him," according to Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.

The suspect, a 30-year-old Whistler man, was arrested for assault and lodged in cells until he sobered up. He was released with a promise to appear in court.

Driver not at fault after pedestrian struck by commuter bus

No charges will be laid in relation to a Jan. 29 accident that left a woman with head injuries after being struck by a small commuter-style bus.

Police received a call just after 10 p.m. that the bus had hit a 22-year-old pedestrian at Highway 99 and Whistler Cay. She was conscious and breathing when first responders arrived, and was taken to hospital with head injuries. RCMP said the driver was not at fault.

"It has been determined that this is a pedestrian collision, however it appears that it's not a typical traffic accident and that the female pedestrian may have been in some distress, which may have contributed to this incident," LeClair said.

No charges after group reportedly found with cocaine outside nightclub

Police officers patrolling the village early Tuesday, Feb. 3 didn't have to work too hard to uncover some suspected drug use outside a local nightclub.

At 1:45 a.m., police observed a group of three females and a male exit the back of the club, when the male was overheard "saying something to the effect of: 'Why are we going back here? This is Whistler, we can do it in front of the bar," according to LeClair.

Believing the suspect was referring to the consumption of drugs, officers followed the group into a nearby apartment complex where they observed the group using what police believe was cocaine.

The suspects, who are all in their early twenties and reside in Whistler, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance before being released. No charges will be considered as the amount in their possession was minimal, LeClair said.


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