An 18-year-old Airdrie resident has died after a fatal motor vehicle collision caused by excessive speed on Feb. 5, according to a press release from the local RCMP detachment.
The release states the incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m., when an Airdrie RCMP officer was travelling northbound on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway near the East Lake Crescent off-ramp. According to RCMP, the officer was operating a fully marked RCMP vehicle when they were suddenly passed by a hatchback sedan travelling at a high rate of speed.
"The vehicle exited the [Queen Elizabeth II Highway] onto the westbound ramp for Veterans Boulevard and the officer activated their emergency equipment," the release stated. "The vehicle drove off the westbound ramp and went across Veteran’s Boulevard, before coming to rest on the north side of Veteran’s Boulevard."
RCMP, Airdrie Fire Department, and Airdrie EMS personnel removed and treated the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, who had sustained serious, life-threatening injuries. According to RCMP, the driver was transported via ground ambulance to the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, where he was pronounced deceased.
The driver has been identified as an 18-year-old male resident of Airdrie. Local RCMP are continuing to investigate, concluding their release by stating speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision, and that no more details will be released.