Alcohol a factor in crash that killed Mountie, RCMP says

A police officer from southern Newfoundland has been identified as the victim of a highway accident this week in Saskatchewan.

Off-duty officer was originally from southern Newfoundland

This photograph of Colin J. Moulton was posted Wednesday on a Facebook tribute page. ((Facebook))
An off-duty Mountie originally from Newfoundland who died in highway crash in Saskatchewan on Wednesday had alcohol in his system and had been driving erratically, RCMP say.

Colin J. Moulton, 34, died in a collision involving his Ford Mustang convertible and a tractor-trailer on Highway 11 near Bethune in south-central Saskatchewan.

Moulton grew up in Lewin's Cove, on Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula. He had been stationed at the Craik, Sask., detachment.

The collision occurred around 4 a.m. local time Wednesday. Moulton, the only person in the car, died at the scene.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Keith Lowenberger confirmed reports that a car "observed in the area of the crash being driven in an erratic manner" was operated by Moulton.

The crash occurred on a stretch of Highway 11 in Saskatchewan. An off-duty RCMP member died, but a tractor-trailer driver suffered no injuries. ((CBC))

The amount of alcohol in Moulton's system won't be known until the results of an autopsy are provided by the coroner's office, Lowenberger said in a release. However, alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, he said.

"In this instance, as in any collision, a complete and thorough investigation will have to be completed before further conclusions can be made," Lowenberger said.

He said Moulton was a father of two children. He was in a common-law relationship and was going to be married.

"When there is a collision where a person is killed, it is a personal tragedy for all involved," Lowenberger said. "A family has lost a loved one. Children have lost a parent. At work, coworkers have lost a friend and colleague."

Moulton had been stationed in Saskatchewan since 2001. He had served in Milestone and Black Lake detachments before being posted to Craik in January.

The RCMP also expressed sympathy for the truck driver involved in the crash, who wasn't injured.