Local young man killed in recent collision

A young man from Lacombe has reportedly died after a two-vehicle, head-on collision earlier this week.

  • Jan. 9, 2014 12:00 p.m.

A young man from Lacombe has reportedly died after a two-vehicle, head-on collision earlier this week.

Police have said a 19-year-old Central Alberta man was killed in a collision that took place on Hwy. 27 east of Olds on Jan. 6. Mark Dobler, coach for the Ponoka Stampeders has confirmed one of the deceased is Damian Pannenbecker of Lacombe.

Dobler was a former coach of Pannenbecker’s.

He was traveling east with five others in a minivan when it collided head-on with an Acura SUV at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Two others, including the driver of the SUV were also killed in the accident and the others were transported via ground ambulance to hospital for treatment.

The other occupants of the minivan are also Central Alberta residents.

Police are not releasing any names of the victims.

Olds RCMP believe that the minivan encroached into the west-bound lane.

After the collision, the SUV remained in the westbound lane facing north while the minivan came to rest in the south ditch facing west.

Weather is not believed to be a factor in the collision as conditions were favourable and the collision occurred on a straight, flat section of the highway with visibility for considerable distance.

However, road conditions may have been a factor but are not believe to have been the sole cause. Alcohol is not believe to be involved at this time.

An RCMP collision reconstructionist from Red Deer attended the scene to assist in the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing.

– Vossen