Victim now known in second fatal car accident this week

Colin MacLean
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Jodi Lidstone, 31, from Emerald area, mother of three dies when car leaves road early today, hits tree

NEWTON – Distracted driving on icy roads has claimed another life on Prince Edward Island.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Jodi Lidstone, a mother of three, was the only person in the vehicle when it left the road about 5:40 a.m. today. She was a shift manager at a Tim Hortons in Summerside.

The 31-year-old woman from the Emerald area was killed when her vehicle veered off Route 111 and struck a tree.

Though its investigation into the incident is ongoing, the RCMP said Wednesday afternoon that distracted driving combined with the icy road conditions of the morning are believed to have caused the crash.

“The one we had today involved black ice conditions and also the use of a cell phone - and that resulted in a death,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Ken Spenceley.

This is the second fatality on Island roads this week. Both were in Prince County and RCMP said icy roads played a part in both incidents.

FATALITY UPDATE: Why 2015 is proving deadly on P.E.I. roads

Diane M. Arsenault of Palmer Road was the victim in the first crash which happened Monday. The 59-year-old Palmer Road resident died in a collision on Route 14 in Christopher Cross, just outside Tignish.

The accident today in Newton is the second fatility in that stretch of road this year.

Kevin Dale O’Halloran, 45, of Lady Fane, and his son Johnathan Kevin O’Halloran, 24, of Summerside, died in a single-vehicle crash in that same area in late September.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: NEWTON, Prince Edward Island, Palmer Road Emerald Prince Tignish.The Summerside

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  • Fed up
    December 10, 2015 - 14:16

    The. Liberals need to get the salt trucks out! Stop building roundabouts - look after what's already there!

    • jennifer
      December 10, 2015 - 17:21

      totally agree with fed up!!!! cut back on budgets that aren't gonna ruin lives!!!! I'm so sick of hearing about how the "budget" needs to be cut back and yet the "politicians" are sitting high and mighty... take their money and put it towards things that better the community, like salt and sanding the roads and more money towards the schools