Two men killed in separate crashes

Two drivers were killed in separate incidents on Cowichan Valley roads last Thursday.

Miles Alexander Phillips, a 48-year-old Duncan man, died on Thursday morning after his Toyota Corolla lost control and struck a tree on Telegraph Road.

RCMP from both the North Cowichan/Duncan and Shawnigan Lake detachments were called to the single-vehicle collision shortly after 11 a.m. "The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle, and was pronounced deceased at the scene," Cpl. Jon Stuart of the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment reported.

The road was closed for several hours while the collision was investigated, with assistance from the BC Coroner’s Service and a traffic scene reconstructionist. The cause remains under investigation.

Phillips was heavily involved in the community, serving on the boards of Cowichan Energy Alternatives, the West Coast Men’s Support Society, the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op, the Mankind Project, Volunteer Cowichan, and the BC Biofuel Network. He was also a co-founder of the Community Carbon Marketplace. Kyle Jonathan Adams, 25, also of Duncan, died when his vehicle left Osborne Bay Road shortly before midnight.

A nearby resident heard the crash and went to investigate, finding the vehicle’s passenger standing by the road. When police arrived, they found Adams trapped inside.

BC Ambulance and volunteer firefighters from Crofton and the South End hall were on hand, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It appears at the initial stage of the investigation that the vehicle had been southbound on Osborne Bay Road and failed to negotiate a curve," Cpl. Krista Hobday reported. "The passenger received minor injuries, was treated and released at the scene."

A traffic reconstructionist and the coroners service also attended and continue to investigate.

Another driver was fortunate to survive a collision on Chemainus Road early Saturday morning. A pickup truck was travelling north on the Halalt reserve when it appeared to have lost control, crashing through a telephone pole and a railway crossing sign before colliding with a tractor trailer.

Volunteer firefighters from Crofton and Chemainus worked to free the driver of the pickup, while the driver of the semi was able to get out on his own. Both were taken to hospital.