Man dies after being struck by vehicle

Drugs, alcohol not likely a factor, say police

A Stettler man is dead after being struck by a truck on 44 Ave. last Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Christopher George Barclay was struck by a westbound truck around 10:30 p.m. as he crossed the road inside a cross-walk, RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Duncan Babchuk said in a press release.

A witness to the collision administered first aid to Barclay while the driver of the truck, a 21-year-old Botha man, stopped and phoned 911.

Barclay was taken by ambulance to Stettler Hospital where emergency staff tried to save him, but he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

The driver of the truck and his two passengers were not injured.

Babchuk said that traffic reconstructionists were at the scene of the accident and that the investigators in this case are waiting for that report, as well as toxicology reports.

However, drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor with the driver, the press release noted.

The investigation into the collision continues, and Babchuk declined to say if charges are pending due to the severity of the incident.

Man in serious condition after single vehicle rollover

An Edmonton man is in serious condition in the Red Deer Regional Hospital after rolling his SUV on Highway 56 south near Range Road 37-0, Stettler RCMP said.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, RCMP, EMS and Regional fire responded to the collision.

According to Babchuk, “the driver went into medical distress prior to the incident, (and) drugs and alcohol are believed not to be factors.”

Back to school traffic hiccups

While drivers in Stettler have been responding well to the number of students on local roads starting this week, and slowing down in school areas, Babchuk said that some drivers need to remember some drop-off areas are not for parking.

In specific, Babchuk is referring to the one-way stretch of 48 Ave., before it turns onto the one way stretch of 54 St. by Christ-King Catholic School.

“The signs went up last spring so this isn’t something new,” Babchuk said. “(Drivers) can’t leave the vehicle. They drop off a student and go. If you need to park, go park somewhere else.”

The drop-off zone was added to the south side of the Stettler Schools complex so parents had a place to drop off elementary students without having to stop in the street.

This way, the students go from the vehicle right onto the sidewalk, decreasing the chance of a serious incident.

Babchuk said police were in the Stettler schools areas observing drivers and everyone behaved well but he wanted to nip the drop-off area parking issue before it actually became an issue.