Car rams phone booth, caller

RCMP describe incident as "bizarre" and prepare to lay charges

According to police the victim in the crash attempted to jump out of the way at the last minute but was still struck by the oncoming car.

 

 

A man was sent to hospital Sunday after the phone booth he was using in downtown Coalmont was struck and destroyed by an oncoming vehicle.

The victim, who was treated at Princeton Hospital and released, has been identified by witnesses as Warren Spence of Coalmont.

RCMP detachment commander Barry Kennedy described the incident, which occurred about noon, was “very bizarre.”

Kennedy said police believe the crash was not accidental.

“According to witnesses, the driver of the vehicle recognized the male in the phone booth, and then turned his vehicle around in order to line his car up with the phone booth. The driver then took aim at the phone booth and ‘gunned’ the car toward the phone booth, driving right through it and striking the male standing inside,” said an RCMP press release.

“For the guy on the other end of that phone it must have been a heck of a call,” said Kennedy, in a follow up interview with The Spotlight.

Kennedy added “there is a lot of rumor about the motive…but I have not been able to confirm it.”

The driver of the car was also injured and remains in hospital, said Kennedy.

 

Charges are pending against a man, also from Coalmont. “We are prepared to lay charges,” said Kennedy. “We’re ready to go and waiting for Crown to approve them and which ones they are going to approve.”