Accident cause unknown, teen killed

The cause of a fatal rollover on Hwy 11 that killed a 17-year-old boy on Wednesday evening won’t likely be known.

The cause of a fatal rollover on Hwy 11 that killed a 17-year-old boy on Wednesday evening won’t likely be known.

“Why the vehicle left the road, was it dodging an animal, was it inattentiveness, it would be speculative. There could be a variety of reasons. None of which we are going to be able to confirm because the only person who knows for certainty is the deceased,” said Staff Sgt. Gord Glasgow, with the Red Deer Rural RCMP.

A 17-year-old Red Deer boy was the only occupant in the vehicle and he was wearing a seatbelt, but was still ejected from the vehicle and was killed on scene.

“Frankly, we will never know the cause 100 per cent,” Glasgow said.

“What we do know is the vehicle left the road into the centre median area and rolled.”

Glasgow said alcohol isn’t believed to have been a factor, but he couldn’t say concretely if speed was a contributing factor.

The roads were clear and the weather was fine on Wednesday night.

The teen was driving an SUV at around 10:30 p.m. when the single-vehicle rollover took place about three km west of Red Deer on Hwy 11.

Red Deer Rural RCMP said the vehicle was travelling eastbound before it left the highway, entered the centre median and rolled.

Police have not yet released the young man’s name.

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