RCMP investigating fatal crash after vehicle goes off West Coast Road, striking tree

One man is dead after a westbound SUV crossed West Coast Road, went down an embankment and smashed into a tree.

The crash happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 7500 block of West Coast Road, east of Kemp Lake Road.

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“Witnesses to the collision immediately attempted lifesaving efforts to the man until they were relieved by first responders,” Sooke RCMP Sergeant Kevin Shaw said Wednesday.

“I’m very grateful for the contributions and lifesaving efforts of all involved, witnesses and first responders.”

B.C. Ambulance attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was alone in the vehicle.

RCMP have not released the man’s name.

Police and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating. Witnesses who saw the driver’s behaviour prior to the crash are asked to call investigators at 250-642-5241.

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