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Crash with commercial trucker leaves electric skateboard rider dead, West Vancouver police say

A police statement does not specify how the crash happened. The RCMP’s collision experts have been called in to investigate
The intersection of Capilano Road and Welch Street. | Google Maps

One man is dead following an overnight collision between a commercial truck driver and skateboarder, West Vancouver police say.

The incident happened just after 1 a.m. at the intersection of Capilano Road and Welch Street in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw’s (Squamish Nation) community of Xwemelch’stn.

The victim was riding an electric skateboard at the time, according to police. The multi-use Spirit Trail does run through the intersection, although the release issued by investigators does not offer any detail as to how the crash happened.

Despite efforts by paramedics, the skateboarder – a man in his 40s – died of his injuries at the scene.

“This is a horrible situation that has left everyone involved shaken,” said Sgt. Mark McLean, West Vancouver Police Department spokesman. “Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.”

Victim Services have been offered and everyone involved is being supported at this time.

The RCMP’s Integrated Collision and Reconstruction Team has been called in to investigate. They had the intersection closed until about 6 a.m. on Thursday, while they gathered evidence from the scene.

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