Coroners service investigating death related to crash in Sooke early Tuesday

The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating a death related to a serious crash in Sooke Tuesday that sent all five occupants to hospital.

“Because the investigation is open, we’re unable to provide any additional details at this time,” said B.C. Coroners Service spokesman Ryan Panton.

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A vehicle hit a tree early Tuesday on Highway 14 at Woodlands Road, according Sooke RCMP.

Police, who were called at 2:15 a.m. to assist ambulance paramedics, released no further details that day or since, citing privacy concerns. The highway was closed for most of the morning as police examined the area.

“We certainly understand there is a high degree of public interest in this incident, and also that there is information circulating on social media regarding the specifics,” said Sgt. Kevin Shaw, in an email.

“Out of respect for the privacy of those involved, and for the integrity of our investigation, no further details will be released by the Sooke RCMP at this time as we continue to investigate.”

Mounties are trying to determine the circumstances of the crash and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the highway from Woodlands to Veterans Memorial Parkway in Langford from 1:30 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police are looking for footage of a black, two-door sedan that was westbound.

Highway 14, also called Sooke Road, runs along Vancouver Island’s southwestern ­coastline between Colwood and Port ­Renfrew.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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