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RCMP say truck driver was misidentified in fatal head-on collision on Prince Edward Island last December

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CHARLOTTETOWN – Nearly six months after four people were killed in a head-on collision outside Charlottetown, police are now clarifying that a 30-year-old victim was actually the driver of one of the vehicles.

CHARLOTTETOWN – Nearly six months after four people were killed in a head-on collision outside Charlottetown, police are now clarifying that a 30-year-old victim was actually the driver of one of the vehicles.

RCMP initially identified the deceased man as the passenger of a pickup truck that collided with an oncoming car in the community of Marshfield, Prince Edward Island, on December 8 when the truck turned into oncoming traffic while attempting to overtake another vehicle.

A man and a woman, both 18 years old, and a young man in the car succumbed to their injuries, while a teenager in the car was seriously injured – a 20-year-old man, initially identified as the driver of the truck, was also injured and later arrested.

In a news release Friday, RCMP spokesman Cpl. Gavin Moore said the accident was “extensively investigated” using traffic reconstructions, search warrants, production orders, laboratory analysis and medical records.

The Mounties say that based on independent witness testimony and corroborating physical evidence, they are now convinced that the evidence points to the driver of the truck being the 30-year-old man who later died in hospital.

Police said their investigation also revealed that alcohol played a role in the accident.

The Mounties had considered filing charges against the man initially believed to be the driver of the truck, but charges were never filed, confirmed Scott Ferris, senior communications adviser for the Prince Edward Island RCMP.

Ferris said the initial confusion about who was driving the truck was due to the vehicle's surviving passenger.

“There was evidence from the individual that he was driving, but the witness statements we received and the rest of the evidence from the scene confirmed that the individual was not driving,” he said, adding that police did not know why he said he was the driver.

Ferris said the RCMP was relieved to be able to correct the report in a case that included consultations with the families affected.

“This was a tragic circumstance that requires detailed analysis, and fortunately the results of this detailed investigation have brought to light what happened,” Ferris said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 24, 2024.

The Canadian Press