Accident claims local teacher

By Marianne Curtis

A teacher from the Hanover School Division is dead after a two vehicle collision earlier in May.

Around 6:30 PM on May 5, St. Pierre RCMP along with Niverville Fire and De Salaberry EMS were called to the scene of a two vehicle accident east of the community involving a motorcycle and a vehicle.  The collision occurred at the intersection of PR 311 and municipal road 20, two miles east of the Town of Niverville.

Police say that investigation indicates that the motorcycle was traveling west on Highway 311 when the driver collided with the passenger side of a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer that was crossing the highway heading north east. The driver of the SUV failed to stop at the controlled crossing, RCMP confirmed.

The driver of the motorcycle, 32 year old Ryan Letkeman from Niverville was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to family, Ryan has just purchased the motorcycle in the States and was heading into Niverville to show off his new purchase to family and friends.

“His final ride became his glory ride,” read his obituary.  He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

There were four occupants in the blazer including the 18 year old driver, and three passengers, two aged 18, and one aged 16 were also from Niverville. None of the occupants were reported to be injured.

No other vehicles or persons reported to be involved in this collision.

After spending a year teaching full time in Grunthal, Letkeman decided to become a substitute teacher which placed him classrooms throughout the Hanover School Division schools division.

When students returned to class on Friday, Hanover School Division had support staff available in several of the division’s schools to help students cope with the loss especially Niverville Collegiate. Several sources allege that Letkeman taught all four occupants of the SUV at that school.



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