The driver of this pickup is dead and his passenger in hospital after a crash on Veteran's Memorial Parkway late Sunday afternoon. Police were initially unsure

UPDATE: Driver appeared to pass out at wheel before fatal truck crash in Langford

Witness reports seeing passenger try to gain control of pickup before crash on Sunday

One man is dead and another person is in hospital after a pickup truck left the road and crashed into a tree on Sunday March 8 at approximately 3:50 p.m. along Veteran’s Memorial Parkway just south of Meaford Avenue.

The driver, a 68-year-old Langford man, later identified by the BC Coroner’s Service as Wesley McKay (68) of Victoria, was rushed from the scene but died a short time later in hospital.

The passenger, a 59-year-old Colwood woman, was rushed to hospital in critical condition with serious internal injuries, said West Shore RCMP media spokesperson Const. Alex Berube in a media release.

A witness who was following the truck said the driver suffered an apparent medical emergency and it is believed he passed out behind the wheel. The passenger attempted to take control of the vehicle from the passenger side but was unable to prevent the vehicle from crashing.

The roadway was blocked off to traffic between Goldstream Avenue and Langford Parkway for several hours and the heavily damaged truck, a Chevrolet 1500 sat where it came to rest after hitting two boulevard trees. An RCMP crash expert was called in from Nanaimo to do measurements of the scene and other analysis.

It was undetermined whether speed was a factor in the crash, and police are not investigating the crash as a criminal incident.

“We are hoping for a quick recovery for the passenger during this difficult time,” Berube said.

– files from Rick Stiebel

Just Posted

Invasive crab spotted near Sooke

Fisheries need more data to know if numbers are increasing

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Credit card frauds target local businesses: VicPD

Crime Reduction Unit investigating several frauds costing several businesses over $50,000

Fatherhood draws Victoria man to publish Tsimshian colouring book for children

Leon McFadden is working on 11 more books to finish the horoscope series

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Most Read