Formal charges have been laid on the 41 year-old female operator of the ATV involved in a collision that occurred in the early morning hours of June 2, resulting in the death of the other ATV operator. Cecilia McDonald, of Fort McKay, has been charged with several counts including Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death, Fail to Remain at the Scene of Collision, and Assault with a Weapon. The accused has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on June 24, 2013.
Background (Released 2013-06-02)
On June 2, 2013, shortly after 1:30 am, the Wood Buffalo RCMP were dispatched to a collision involving two All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) on a gravel road north of Fort McKay, Alberta. Preliminary investigative reports indicate that the ATVs, each carrying one passenger, collided with one another. The one driver, a 41 year-old Fort McKay female, sustained undisclosed injuries stemming from the collision and fled the scene on the ATV. The second driver, a 52 year-old Fort McKay male, sustained life-threatening injuries and was unresponsive at the scene. The male driver was rushed to hospital via ambulance where he later died.
The female was located a short while later and after a minor altercation to get her off of the ATV she was taken into custody. Aside from injuries sustained by the two ATV operators there have been no further reports of injuries. The investigation into this matter remains on-going, however alcohol is believed to be a factor. The female driver remains in police custody and is facing multiple charges in relation to this incident. Next of kin have been notified, however out of respect for the family, the name of the deceased will not be released.
This is the second collision investigation that Wood Buffalo RCMP have entered into this weekend where alcohol is suspected of being a contributing factor. Police wish to remind motorists, of any and all vehicles, that drinking and driving is unacceptable and can come with dire, if not tragic consequences.