An RCMP officer died after a collision on the north Perimeter Highway in Winnipeg Friday evening — Const. Allan Poapst was just five days shy of 13 years of service with the RCMP.
Poapst, a father of three teenage girls, died after a two vehicle t-bone crash just east of Route 90 and the Perimeter Highway.
“He was a dedicated officer who worked hard to serve Manitobans. In fact, after graduating from depot in 2006, all of his service with the RCMP was spent within Manitoba. His postings included Portage la Prairie, Powerview, and the court liaison unit based out of Headingley,” reads a statement from Jane MacLatchy, the Manitoba RCMP’s commanding officer.
“He was well liked by members across the force and a massive Blue Bombers fan. He recently realized a dream when he attended the Grey Cup game in Calgary, and watched his beloved Blue Bombers win — bringing the Cup back to Winnipeg.”
The fatal collision was the first of two crashes that STARS Air Ambulance responded to on the Perimeter Highway Friday as slick roads made for dangerous driving conditions.
Traffic was backed up significantly during the evening rush hour.
STARS was also on scene at another crash on the south Perimeter Highway at Symington Road. A teenage girl was airlifted to hospital after her vehicle rolled over.