A 35-year-old man from St. Theresa Point First Nation was one of three Manitobans killed in a trio of separate fatal accidents in less than 12 hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
The 35-year-old died when his vehicle was struck from behind by an SUV about four kilometres south of Dauphin shortly before 11 p.m. Dec. 31.. RCMP say the SUV, driven by a 70-year-old man from the rural municipality of Dauphin, rear ended the vehicle, which caused it to go into the ditch and roll, at which point the 35-year-old was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene while the 70-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Less than six hours earlier, Blue Hills RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 1 in the rural municipality of Whitehead. A westbound pickup driven by a 43-year-old man hit another westbound vehicle being driven by a 64-year-old woman from Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation. She was transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries while a 56-year-old male passenger in her vehicle, also from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup driver was not injured.
Shortly before 3 a.m. Jan. 1, a vehicle being driven by a 22-year-old man went off the main road near the bridge in Berens River and rolled. The driver of the vehicle, its only occupant, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.