RCMP asking for public’s help to find driver in vehicle crash that killed woman near Behchokǫ̀

Steven Theriault was sentenced to six and a half years for driving the vehicle that crashed on Highway 3 on April 22, killing one young woman. (Photo courtesy of RCMP).

RCMP believe 44-year-old Steven Theriault was at the wheel of a car that ended up upside down near Highway 3 last Wednesday.

A young woman from Behchokǫ̀ died in the crash.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Theriault and are requesting the public’s help in finding him.

RCMP say Theriault is one of two people who left the scene of the crash. Responding officers found the car 150 feet off the highway.

In a news release, police say they also want to “ensure Theriault gets medical attention as it is believed he sustained injuries as a result of the incident.”

It adds, “While While RCMP believe Steven Theriault may still be in the Northwest Territories, he may also have departed for Alberta.”

They describe him as a First Nations male, 5’8” (177 cm), 230 lbs. (105 kg) with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Theriault’s whereabouts or the other man who left the scene can contact Behchokǫ̀ RCMP at 867-392-1111, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, nwtnutips.com, or text: nwtnutips to 274637.

Police say they believe alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the crash.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.