Youth riding sit down lawn mower dies in collision with pickup
A 14-year-old youth has died after the sit-down lawn mower he was operating failed to stop at an intersection and collided with a pick-up truck. The collision occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2023, at the intersection of Lindsey Road and White Road, in Cedar.
Police, BCEHS and Cedar Volunteer Fire Dept attended. Although first responders were quickly on scene and provided emergency first aid, the injuries sustained by the youth were critical and life threatening. BCEHS transported the youth to the Nanaimo hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The BC Coroners Service was advised and is actively engaged in the investigation.
The driver of the pick up involved, a 45-year old man, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out and the roads at the time were wet. “Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to everyone impacted by this tragic incident, including many of the first responders who live and work in the area”, said R/ Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
The intersection was closed for several hours while the Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit, assisted by an RCMP Accident Reconstructionist examined the scene. Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services have been notified and the investigation continues.