Drugs, speed, both factors in one of four fatal crashes near Edmonton this weekend

by Claire Theobald

A senior, a cyclist, and two women are dead following four separate collisions on the long weekend.

Just before 1 p.m. on Saturday, RCMP officers responded to a two vehicle collision at Glen Park Road and Range Road 281 near Thorsby.

An 82 year old woman who was trapped in her SUV had to be extracted by Leduc County Fire Services. She was taken to Leduc Hospital where she was pronounced dead, Thorsby/Breton RCMP said in a news release.

A 19 year old man driving a pickup truck and his female passenger were taken to hospital in Edmonton with serious but non life threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Police believe drugs and speed were factors in a fatal crash that killed a woman in Fort Saskatchewan on Friday night. At around 9:50 p.m., witnesses reported seeing a Mercedes C240 speed west along Highway 15, colliding with a Mazda SUV near 94 Street.

The 43 year old woman driving the Mazda was taken to hospital in Fort Saskatchewan where she was pronounced dead.

The 47 year old man driving the Mercedes was arrested at the scene for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. He was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, a 35 year old woman was pulled from a fiery wreckage after another crash, this time at the intersection of Range Road 233 and Highway 623 in Leduc County.

When Leduc RCMP officers arrived at the scene around 7:10 p.m. they found a mid sized vehicle and a pickup truck had collided.

Bystanders had already pulled a 35 year old woman from the mid sized vehicle, which had caught fire after the crash. The woman was pronounced dead by emergency crews.

Three people inside the truck - a 43 year old man, a 42 year old woman and a seven year old girl - were taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The RCMP collision team is still determining the cause of that crash.

Earlier Friday evening, Strathcona County RCMP responded to a fatal collision between a cyclist and a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire.

Investigators believe the cyclist was trying to cross Highway 14, near Highway 216, at around 6:30 p.m. when they were hit by the Sunfire travelling east on Highway 14.

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.