Beatrice Morris

Beatrice Morris

Wet’suwet’en elder dies in crash near Hope

Wet'suwet'en elder dies in crash near Hope, B.C. in whiteout conditions.

Beatrice Morris, 71, an elder of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, has passed away after the vehicle she was travelling in collided with another head-on just west of Hope, March 1 on Highway 1.

Morris and two others, Stanley (driver) and Helen Nikal were heading to Vancouver in the Nikal’s 2007 Dodge Caliber, when a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder headed the opposite direction entered their westbound lane.

The Pathfinder had come in contact with a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo, the latter entering the outer ditch, while travelling east on Highway 1 before careening into oncoming traffic.

The Nikal’s and people in the Pathfinder suffered non-life threatening injuries, while the three occupants of the Rodeo were not injured.

Highway 1 was closed for more than three hours to conduct investigation and tow the vehicles following the fatal crash.

White-out conditions were reported on Highway 1 in the area the crash occurred at the time of the incident.


* with files from Global News story published March 3, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.