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Hamilton River Road crash still under investigation


A car accident in Happy Valley-Goose Bay last week, which caused massive property damage on Hamilton River Road, is still under investigation by the RCMP.

No charges have been laid to date.

“The initial investigation into the cause of this accident has determined that the driver, a 22-year-old man, fell asleep at the wheel,” said Cpl. Rick Mills of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP. 

“The man was not injured, however, there was extensive property damage as a result of the accident.”

Wilson Gear was one of the homeowners whose property was damaged by the out-of-control vehicle on Aug. 19. Gear and his wife were asleep when, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the sound of broken glass woke them up.

“We just heard something and we thought something fell down because, because it sounded like glass (shattering),” said Gear. “We thought maybe something fell off the TV or something.”

But Gear soon found out the sound came from a broken window, which shattered when it was hit by a piece of his fence. There was so much glass on the floor that Gear cut his feet while walking around.

Gear later discovered the car drove straight through his fence after going off the road (leading to the piece of fence flying into his window) then tore up his potato garden.

The car then entered his neighbour’s property where it did the most damage, striking a car and a truck in the driveway, before striking the side of their house. The neighbour’s car was totaled in the crash.

Gear’s house is located right next to a sharp turn on Hamilton River Road and says accidents have been common on his property over the past 30 years.

“Almost every year somebody runs into my fence,” claims Gear.

“My fence got tore down four times one year.”

No charges have been laid to date.

“The initial investigation into the cause of this accident has determined that the driver, a 22-year-old man, fell asleep at the wheel,” said Cpl. Rick Mills of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP. 

“The man was not injured, however, there was extensive property damage as a result of the accident.”

Wilson Gear was one of the homeowners whose property was damaged by the out-of-control vehicle on Aug. 19. Gear and his wife were asleep when, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the sound of broken glass woke them up.

“We just heard something and we thought something fell down because, because it sounded like glass (shattering),” said Gear. “We thought maybe something fell off the TV or something.”

But Gear soon found out the sound came from a broken window, which shattered when it was hit by a piece of his fence. There was so much glass on the floor that Gear cut his feet while walking around.

Gear later discovered the car drove straight through his fence after going off the road (leading to the piece of fence flying into his window) then tore up his potato garden.

The car then entered his neighbour’s property where it did the most damage, striking a car and a truck in the driveway, before striking the side of their house. The neighbour’s car was totaled in the crash.

Gear’s house is located right next to a sharp turn on Hamilton River Road and says accidents have been common on his property over the past 30 years.

“Almost every year somebody runs into my fence,” claims Gear.

“My fence got tore down four times one year.”

Wilson Gear stands at the edge of his property, where a car came barreling through before hitting his neighbour’s vehicles and the side of their house on Aug. 19.

But the incidents he has seen this summer is much more serious then people just running into his fence.

In July, his front yard was the scene of a tragic car crash that claimed the life of 19-year-old Kiefer Frieda. The vehicle tore through Gear’s front fence before striking a hydro pole right next to his yard.

The 18-year-old driver is now facing impaired driving charges in that incident.

Gear said that after the crash, the Department of Transportation and Works put up a turn sign on the road, but Gear says it’s not visible enough to warn drivers of the sharp turn late at night.

He also believes too many people are speeding around that particulr turn, and would like to se a guardrail put up next to his property.

“Speeding it what it is, because your car doesn’t travel 40 feet on 40 miles an hour … we all knows that,” said Gear. “But they’re always speeding on this turn, always. You hear them at night with their wheels squealing and stuff like that.

“It’s pretty serious stuff when they’re driving that fast … we’ve been after them for years to put guard rails or something.”

Now that there has been two serious crashes in the span of his month on his property, Gear is concerned for his and his wife’s safety.

“We’re afraid for our lives now, not just for the fence,” he said. “I can fix that, but you only got one life.”

 

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

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