Driver dies after being ejected from vehicle

The driver of one of the vehicles in last Tuesday’s collision north of Big Valley has died of her injuries.

The driver of one of the vehicles in last Tuesday’s collision north of Big Valley has died of her injuries.

Hazel Davidson, 49, was found trapped under her own vehicle after being ejected during a head-on collision between Big Valley and Stettler. She was air lifted by STARS air ambulance to Calgary where she succumbed to her injuries.

According to Stettler RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Duncan Babchuk, charges are pending against the driver of the other vehicle, a 57-yearold Morrin man who was also air-lifted from the scene by STARS, but was later released from the hospital.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 18, RCMP, EMS and fire and rescue were dispatched to the collision. According to police, the northbound pickup truck driven by the Morrin man crossed into the southbound lane, striking Davidson’s SUV.

Road conditions were not a contributing factor, Babchuk said, and it’s believed alcohol was not involved. Police are currently waiting on test results and reports to determine if charges need to be laid.

Winter weather is affecting the area’s highways, and collisions have increased since snow hit the ground, RCMP note.

On Nov. 15 around 3:30 a.m., Stettler RCMP, fire and rescue, and EMS responded to a collision east of Stettler on Highway 12. The single vehicle involved, a 2002 Saturn, was heading westbound when ice on a curve in the road caused the 16-year-old driver to lose control. She remained trapped in the vehicle while her passenger, a 17-year-old boy, was ejected.

The boy, suffering only minor injuries despite being ejected from the vehicle, was walking for help when he was located by police.

The driver was freed using the Jaws of Life, and then taken to Stettler Hospital, where she was then taken by STARS to Calgary.

Drugs and alcohol were not factors in the collision.


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