Coroner confirms identities of victims in weekend crashes

Coroner confirms Thursday the identities of three men who died in separate crashes Thanksgiving weekend.

RCMP traffic analysts finish up investigating a fatal crash scene that occurred around midnight Friday in the 1400 Block of South Lakeside Drive Saturday in Williams Lake. The pedestrian sign on the right is where the vehicle left the road and rolled onto the CN tracks.

RCMP traffic analysts finish up investigating a fatal crash scene that occurred around midnight Friday in the 1400 Block of South Lakeside Drive Saturday in Williams Lake. The pedestrian sign on the right is where the vehicle left the road and rolled onto the CN tracks.

The BC Coroners Service confirmed Thursday the identities of the two men who died following a motor vehicle incident in Williams Lake on Saturday, Oct. 11.

They were Shayne Christopher Fair, 29, and Christopher Grant, 42, both of Williams Lake.

“Fair was the driver of, and Grant a rear-seat passenger in, a Jeep Cherokee which was heading southbound on South Lakeside Drive shortly before 1 a.m. on Oct. 11,” the Coroners service said in a press release issued Thursday afternoon. “In the 1400-block, the vehicle went out of control, rolled, and ended up on railway tracks on the east side of the road. Both persons were deceased at the scene.”

A third occupant in the vehicle, a 21-year-old female, was taken to Cariboo Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and later transported to hospital in Vancouver.

The BC Coroners Service also confirmed the identity of a male who died following a motor vehicle incident near Horsefly on Oct. 10, 2014.

He is Howard Norman Rhodes, aged 58, of 150 Mile House.

“Mr. Rhodes was the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck heading westbound on the Horsefly Road when, about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2014, it left the road and ended up in a grove of trees,” the Coroner Services said. “Mr. Rhodes was deceased at the scene.”

Families of the victims have been notified and the BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate these deaths.