Traffic was backed up on Highway 19 on Friday following a fatal crash in the Nanoose Bay area near Hillview Road. (ADAM KVETON/Black Press)

UPDATE: Police rule out alcohol, distraction in fatal crash in Nanoose

Passenger of fatal crash still in critical condition following crash in Nanoose Bay on Friday

The passenger of a fatal crash at in Nanoose Bay on Friday remains in critical but stable condition, according to a recent update from the RCMP’s Central Island Traffic Services.

The woman was injured and her husband was killed when he made a U-turn on the highway and their car was hit by a tandem axle truck.

Andy Watson, B.C. Coroners Service spokesman, confirmed the deceased was a man in his 70s from Nanaimo, but his identity has not been released.

“I contacted the hospital about the wife of the deceased … she is still in critical, but stable condition,” said Sgt. Darrin Ramey of RCMP Central Island Traffic Services on Monday afternoon.

Ramey said witnesses told police the man pulled out from the shoulder of the highway in front of the truck.

“There’s not much more to it,” Ramey said. “We don’t believe that drugs were involved or alcohol or he was on his cell phone or anything like that. He just probably didn’t look or if he looked he didn’t see because, indeed, there was a large tractor-trailer coming down upon him.”

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