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04-23-2012, 08:48 PM
Charges laid in fatal hit and run; second victim remains in critical condition

Published: April 22, 2012 12:00 PM
Updated: April 23, 2012 1:28 PM

A young woman is dead and another is in critical condition after both were struck by a truck on Carson Drive in Williams Lake at approximately 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

Williams Lake RCMP say they received a call that two pedestrians had been struck by an older model smaller pickup truck that fled the scene.

The truck, while travelling down the hill, hit the pedestrians close the bottom of the hill, near Williams Lake secondary school. There were 25 to 30 witnesses at the time of the accident, say the RCMP.

When BC ambulance attended the scene, 20-year-old Rayel MacDonald was pronounced dead.

The other woman, whose name has not been released yet, was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

"I can tell you she has severe chest trauma, pelvic trauma, and actually has a broken femur," says Corp. Madonna Saunderson, media liaison for RCMP Prince George Regional Provincial Traffic Services.

Soon after the incident, the truck was located by Williams Lake RCMP members.

Martin William Michael Gentles, 27, has been charged with impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm.

The investigation continues in conjunction with the BC Coroners Service and the RCMP Cariboo Chilcotin Traffic Services

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police

Rayel MacDonald was tragically killed early Sunday morning after a vehicle struck her and a friend while they were crossing Carson Drive. Her friend, whose name hasn't been released yet, was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.


04-23-2012, 08:57 PM
Such a senseless death. People really need to smarten up.

Prayers sent for the girl in hospital. Here's hoping she makes it.