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Victim of Sunday's car crash identified

A Cowichan Bay firefighter responds to the scene of a fatal accident at Bench Road and Trans Canada Highway Sunday. - Andrew Leong
A Cowichan Bay firefighter responds to the scene of a fatal accident at Bench Road and Trans Canada Highway Sunday.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

The B.C. Coroner's Service has identified the victim in Sunday's tragic car crash at Bench Road as Port Alberni's Zakkaree Tharren Mikey Coss.

Coss was 22 years old.

He was the front-seat passenger in a Toyota Sedan travelling northbound on the Trans-Canada-Highway before it struck a light standard at the intersection.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The northbound lanes of the TCH were closed for several hours, with traffic being diverted at Bench Rd while the B.C. Coroner's service and a collision reconstructionist attended the scene to investigate.

Early indications appear fatigue may have been a contributing factor, however the investigation continues.

"The male driver was taken to hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries," said North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart in a media release. "The woman had been a passenger in the rear seat, and was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The man in the front passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene."

The B.C. Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate the crash.

Police are requesting witnesses, or anyone with information, contact them at 250-748-5522.

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