UPDATED: Ladysmith man dead in highway rollover

Andre Rene Genest identified as victim of fatal crash near the Crofton turnoff

UPDATED: Ladysmith man dead in highway rollover

The B.C. Coroner’s Office has released the name of the Ladysmith man killed Sunday in a single-vehicle crash south of the Crofton turnoff.

He was Andre Rene Genest, 29.

“Mr. Genest was the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck that was travelling southbound on Highway 1 north of Duncan about 7:50 p.m.on Jan. 4, 2014, when, about 800 metres south of the intersection with Mt. Sicker Road, it left the highway and rolled,” regional coroner Mat Brown said in a media release Tuesday afternoon.

“The New Year has begun on a very sad note for a Ladysmith family,” North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday said in a separate media release one day earlier. “(On) Jan. 4, just shy of 8 p.m., a single vehicle left the roadway south of Mt. Sicker Road and the Trans-Canada Highway near Crofton and rolled.

“Witnesses stopped to offer aid, but the lone occupant, a 29-year-old Ladysmith man, was pronounced dead at the scene.  He was operating a 2008 Ford F150 pick-up southbound on the Trans-Canada Highway.

“The cause of the collision is still under investigation. An RCMP Traffic reconstructionist and the coroner attended the crash location”

The RCMP and B.C. Coroner’s Office investigation is continuing.