Chemainus man identified as driver killed in Coquihalla rollover

Dustin Raymond Descoteau, 29, of Chemainus identified by BC Coroners Service as the driver killed in a single-vehicle rollover Sept. 25.

A 29-year-old Chemainus man has been identified as the lone person killed in a rollover south of Kamloops Sept. 25.

In a press release issued Friday, Sept. 27, the BC Coroners Service identified Dustin Raymond Descoteau as “the driver and sole occupant of a flat-deck pickup truck which went off the Coquihalla Highway and rolled down an embankment about four kilometres south of the Inks Lake exit” at 11 p.m. Sept. 25.

Descoteau was deceased at the scene, the press release states, and the RCMP and BC Coroners service continue to investigate his death.

According to Kamloops This Week, the RCMP report that the 2002 Ford F350 driven by Descoteau “was travelling northbound in the left passing lane when it drifted onto the left shoulder.”

As Descoteau attempted to turn back onto the highway, “the overcorrection caused the truck to skid across two lanes of the highway and strike a cement barrier.”

The vehicle jumped the barrier and rolled several times down a steep embankment during which time Descoteau was ejected from the vehicle; he was not wearing his seatbelt.

–With files from Kamloops This Week