RCMP investigating campsite area collision with vehicle backing over tent

Trent Ernst, Editor

Shyane Cooper is recovering after her tent was backed over on the long weekend.

Cooper was camping near the Wolverine River with a group of about twelve people for the weekend. She was sleeping in her tent with her two sons, aged 18 months and three years in the early hours of Monday, May 20.

According to the RCMP, an argument raged outside the tent between another women and her boyfriend. The women hopped into a pick-up truck and went to leave, backing over the tent as she was leaving.

Cooper pushed one of her sons out of the way, then used her body to shield the other boy, suffering serious injuries in the process. She was taken to the Dawson Creek hospital, where she is recovering.

Cooper’s three year old boy sustained a laceration to the back of his head which required sutures and the 18 month old boy was uninjured.

The 20 year old female driver of the vehicle was arrested by Tumbler Ridge RCMP shortly after and has been cooperative and assumed responsibility for her actions. A tentative court date is set for July 18th, 2013 in Tumbler Ridge, with charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm(X2) will be recommended to Crown Counsel.

There has been an outpouring of support for Cooper on Facebook. However, the driver of the vehicle has been receiving threats of violence and death over social media. Constable Dan Moskaluk says this sort of behavior does not help the investigation. “A police investigation is still underway. Such actions are more harmful than helpful to an investigation and any threats of actual or perceived violence toward a person, animal, or damage to property will be investigated and could result in charges being pursued against the perpetrator of those threats.”

He says the RCMP also wishes to thank those individuals and witnesses at the scene for their quick and effective response and their willingness to cooperate in this investigation.