At approximately 4:45 a.m. on December 14th, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a motor vehicle incident on Highway 93/95 that claimed the life of a 23-year-old pedestrian.

Police responded to a dispatch near Dry Gulch, located between Radium Hot Springs and Invermere, where there had been a reported motor vehicle collision between a half-ton truck and a pedestrian.

Preliminary investigation suggests that a 23-year-old male was walking southbound in the northbound lane on the highway when he was struck by a passing vehicle. While the road conditions were patchy with ice, investigators concluded they did not contribute to the collision and that the driver was not impaired. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The Columbia Valley RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are continuing their investigations into the collision and the mans death. A traffic reconstructionist with the Southeast District Traffic Service from Cranbrook is assisting in the investigation. The highway was closed during the morning hours before one lane was opened at 10 a.m. The road was fully open by 1 p.m.