Stag ends in tragedy: third death for Valleyview class of 2004

Valleyview secondary's graduating class of 2004 was dealt another blow this weekend when a third classmate died in a vehicle accident.

A 25-year-old man died just after midnight Sunday after being ejected from a truck that flipped while en route to greet an ambulance dispatched to treat his accidental gunshot wound.

The B.C. Coroners Service did not confirm the victim's identity, but The Daily News learned that Ben Kirkey, who graduated in 2004 from Valleyview secondary, died in the single-vehicle crash.

He was at Scuitto Lake, about 40 minutes east of Kamloops, on Saturday night, celebrating the stag of another Valleyview grad, Spencer Roy.

At about 6:20 p.m., Kirkey was accidentally shot in the wrist while the group shot at clay pigeons.

He called 911 before jumping into a Dodge Ram pickup with a friend driving to greet the ambulance.

When they arrived near the corner of Campbell Range Road and Robins Range Road, the driver lost control, causing the truck to flip and eject both passengers, according to RCMP.

Paramedics quickly arrived and requested an air ambulance. Both men were listed in critical condition and flown to Royal Inland Hospital.

Just after midnight, Kirkey was taken off life support and succumbed to his injuries.

As of Sunday evening, the condition of the driver of the truck was considered serious, upgraded from critical.

"Police are continuing to investigate and note alcohol may very well be involved in this," said RCMP Staff Sgt. Doug Aird.

Two other Valleyview students from the same graduating class died as a result of drinking and driving several years ago.

Valleyview secondary alumni Candice Lynn Mobley, 19, and Connor Morgan Maher, also 19, were killed in vehicle accidents in 2005. Toxicology reports confirmed alcohol was a factor in both crashes.

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