Colville Lake mourns death of 18-year-old killed in ATV crash Saturday

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The Sahtu community of Colville Lake is in mourning after an 18-year-old man was killed when an all-terrain vehicle he was riding crashed in the community on Saturday morning.

In an email to CKLB Monday afternoon, RCMP state Mounties in nearby Fort Good Hope received the call about 7:15 a.m.

“The ATV was driven by a single occupant, a 18-year-old male, when it rolled over. The man was not showing signs of life after the accident. He was transported to the local health centre where he was pronounced deceased,” police stated.  “Fort Good Hope RCMP is assisting the Office of the Coroner in an investigation into this fatality. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this accident.”

Police say counsellors are being brought into the community to assist and provide support.

The RCMP is also assisting community members in this difficult time.

It is not clear at this point whether the victim was wearing a helmet.

The death comes just two weeks after a fatal ATV crash in Inuvik that killed a 29-year-old member of that community.

CKLB extends condolences to family and friends of both victims ands reminds all-terrain vehicle riders across the NWT that ATVs and alcohol don’t mix.





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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.