Fatal car crash near Radium

RCMP suspect ‘medical emergency’ caused single-vehicle incident

A Columbia Valley man died after his car crashed Wednesday, June 19th.

Phil Auger, 65, of Brisco, was behind the wheel of a Ford Fusion headed southbound at about 7:30 a.m. when he crossed the centre line and hit an embankment about three kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs.

“Witnesses reported the driver unresponsive,” said Cpl. Mike Halskov, media relations officer for RCMP traffic services.

He was transported to hospital in critical condition but died of his injuries.

East Kootenay Traffic Services is investigating the single-vehicle incident.

“At this point in time, they are looking at possibly a driver-sustained medical emergency that caused him to go off the road,” Cpl. Halskov said, adding there is no indication that anything else, such as wildlife or mechanical issues, may have caused the incident.

Mr. Auger was alone in the vehicle.

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