Single-vehicle collision in Paint Lake campground kills 17-year-old

Driver of vehicle that victim got pinned underneath arrested for impaired driving causing death

One 17-year-old male from Thompson was arrested for impaired driving causing death after the vehicle he was driving struck and killed another 17-year-old male in Paint Lake Provincial Park campground Sept. 7.

Thompson RCMP were notified of the single-vehicle collision around 3:20 a.m. Monday morning and heard from a witness that the vehicle had driven into the brush and struck a tree.

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The teenager who was killed was found pinned under the vehicle unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was arrested at the scene and taken back to the RCMP detachment for blood-alcohol testing. Police say his blood-alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit while operating a motor vehicle. He was later released from custody. Charges are pending and Thomson RCMP and a forensic collision reconstructionist continue to investigate.

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