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Rearend collision sends one to hospital

Charges pending after driver left unconscious, passengers flee

A serious collision between a pair of pick up trucks in Ponoka sent one driver to hospital and has police considering several charges.

Around 8 p.m. on July 21 on Hwy. 2A, just north of the four-way stop intersection of 53 Ave., a northbound black GMC attempting to turn left in a parking lot was rear-ended by a black Toyota Tacoma. The impact was big enough for the Tacoma’s air bags to go off and buckle a large portion of the truck’s front end.

While the driver of the GMC was not injured, the female driver of the Tacoma — identified as a 41-year-old from Rocky Mountain House — was found unconscious when RCMP and EMS arrived on the scene. She was later transported by ground ambulance to an Edmonton hospital, where her current medical status is unknown at this time.

Witnesses also told police that three passengers from the Tacoma fled from the scene after getting out of the truck.

Police did find an open liquor bottle in the front console of the Tacoma.

Ponoka RCMP did have the highway closed for about an hour while looking into the collision. Officers are continuing to investigate and have stated charges are pending.

Stolen trucks

A 26-year-old man from Rimbey has been charged with several offences after being arrested on July 18 by Ponoka RCMP.

The man, who was not named pending his first court appearance, is facing one count each of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and under $5,000, mischief under $5,000, driving while prohibited and possessing break-in instruments.

A call to police brought officers to a vehicle parked along 54 Street, where they located a man sleeping in the drivers seat. Further investigation found the truck as well as the licence plate were stolen.

RCMP are also looking into a separate incident, where a black 1998 Chevrolet truck was stolen from a home on 48 Ave. on July 16. The truck was later located in Ponoka County on Range Road 262.

Recklessness

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) are hoping the public can help further its investigation into a July 16 incident.

According to police, a northbound semi-trailer was merging onto Hwy. 2, forcing a small black car off the highway in order to avoid a collision.

Responding officers arrived and spoke to the individuals from the car, but the semi-trailer did not stop and was not located by police. The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this case, or any other crime, is asked to contact the Ponoka RCMP detachment at (403) 783-4472. If you wish to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477 ). You do not have to reveal your identity and if the information leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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