Single-vehicle accident claims life of young Agassiz father

Family and friends rally to support his wife and children with a gofundme page.

An Agassiz man was killed in a single vehicle crash Friday evening, leaving behind an 18-month-old son and a new wife who is expecting their second child in January.

The incident occurred on Highway 9 near Whelpton Road in Agassiz at around 11:30 p.m.

The vehicle, a 2007 black Dodge Charger, left the roadway, struck a lamp standard and travelled several meters from the roadway before coming to rest in a treed area. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, a 25-year-old man from Agassiz was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was raining heavily at the time of the crash, police say, and the roads were slippery. Speed, relative to the road conditions, is being considered a possible factor.

“Police are seeking witnesses to assist in determining the cause of this tragic incident,” says Cpl. Ronda McEwen of BC RCMP Traffic Services.

RCMP have not released the victim’s name. However, on social media he has been identified as Stephen Barten. A gofundme page has been started to help the young family. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/r796m8b4