Grandfather of hockey’s top prospect Connor Bedard identified as one of two drivers killed in frontal crash in British Columbia
Two people died Tuesday in a head-on collision that closed a section of Highway 1 in the southern interior of British Columbia, with one of the dead later identified as the grandfather of hockey player Connor Bedard.
RCMP said officers were called at around 1 p.m. PT to receive reports of a serious accident involving two vehicles about seven kilometers east of Sicamous, British Columbia.
Investigators say a 73-year-old man traveling west crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound sedan driven by a 46-year-old woman from Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
The two drivers, who were both traveling alone, were found dead at the scene, the statement said.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League confirmed that the 73-year-old victim was Garth Bedard, grandfather of Connor Bedard, a highly regarded 15-year-old prospect from North Vancouver, Columbia. British.
Please see our statement regarding Connor Bedard’s grandfather, Garth Bedard, who died in a car crash on Tuesday near Sicamous, B.C. pic.twitter.com/zPeDKUUvAc
The highway remained closed for several hours while police and the BC coroners’ service investigated the crash.
The RCMP said weather conditions would not be considered a contributing factor.
Anyone with information is asked to call local RCMP traffic services at 250-344-2221.