Two young men with ties to Yarmouth have died over the past week as a result of separate motor vehicle collisions.
The Kings County RCMP say Stephen Peter LeBlanc, 25, of Kentville, was the victim of a head-on collision that occurred Tuesday evening, Sept. 2. LeBlanc was born in Yarmouth and grew up here and has family and friends living here.
The RCMP say at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Highway 358 in the Arlington/North Corner area of Kings County, the RCMP, Emergency Health Services (EHS) and the Canning Fire Department responded to a head-on collision between a pick-up truck and a sedan vehicle.
A collision reconstructionist has been assisting with the investigation. The RCMP say it has been determined that the lone occupant of a southbound sedan lost control of his vehicle and collided with a pick-up truck traveling northbound. The driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the driver of the pick-up truck was assessed at the scene by EHS paramedics and released.
The investigation continues.
LeBlanc's funeral is being held Sept. 6. His obituary speaks of his great love of cars, saying, "It wasn't uncommon for Stephen to be as excited about a new part for a car as a parent is when a new baby is born." A graduate of NSCC Burridge Campus, he had pursued a career as an auto mechanic. Donations in LeBlanc's memory may be made to the Gilles Boudreau and Friends cancer Help Fund or to charity of choice.
This collision came just days after another motor vehicle collision claimed the life of a 22-year-old Yarmouth man. Chris Richard Nickerson died as the result of an Aug. 30 single-vehicle collision that occurred near the Abrams River Road. The RCMP said Thursday that the cause of that collision had not yet been determined.
“A traffic analyst examined the scene and we did a mechanical on the truck,” said Corporal Jennifer Clarke. “We haven’t determined the cause right now.”
An adult female and three children were treated at hospital following that collision. Two of the children were flown by air ambulance to the IWK. All have been released from hospital. Nickerson’s funeral will be held Sept. 5. His obituary says he loved life and put a smile on everyone’s face who knew him, and added that he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it. Donations in Nickerson's memory can be made to the IWK.