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Driver of truck in fatal Marshfield collision misidentified, RCMP say

RCMP on PEI say the driver of a pickup truck involved in a December highway accident that killed four people in Marshfield, just outside of Charlottetown, was actually the person they thought was a passenger in the vehicle.

Police had made an arrest in the case and expected to lay charges. In a news release, they said further investigation found their initial finding of who was driving the truck was incorrect.

“Given the gravity of this event and the importance of providing clarity to victim’s families, this file was extensively investigated using traffic reconstruction, search warrants production orders, lab analysis, and medical records,” said RCMP Cpl. Gavin Moore in a news release.

Those investigations determined the person they thought was a passenger was actually the driver. That driver was seriously injured in the crash, and later died of injuries.

With the investigation into the Dec. 8 accident now complete, RCMP say the pickup truck, which was traveling east on Route 2, pulled out to overtake a vehicle and collided head on into an oncoming car.

Three people in the car, all under the age of 20, died at the scene. A fourth was seriously injured. The other occupant of the truck, who police have now determined to have been a passenger, survived.

The investigation determined that alcohol was a factor in the collision, RCMP said.

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