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Logging accident victim ID’d

Laurie Kyle Levy pictured left. - Web photo
Laurie Kyle Levy pictured left.
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The Nelson man killed in a logging accident this week near the Smallwood Creek forest service road was Laurie Kyle Levy, 36.

According to WorkSafeBC communications officer Alexandra Skinner-Reynolds the AF Timber employee was struck by a tree while he worked as a chokerman.

The BC Coroners Service confirmed Levy died at the scene. The accident happened shortly after 8 a.m. on Monday approximately 12 kilometres west of Nelson.

Skinner-Reynolds said a special fatal and serious incident investigation team has been assembled to look into the tragic accident.

“They’re taking over and conducting a full investigation. Then we’ll know more. It could take a month or three months depending on the complexity of the incident and whether there were witnesses, what kind of things need to be looked at,” she said.

Levy leaves behind his two children, a nine-year-daughter and a six-year-old son, two stepchildren and his partner, Ali (Alison) Watt.

Funds are being raised for the support of Levy’s two children with an account at the Nelson District Credit Union under his nine-year-old daughter’s name, Roah Levy.

“The family needs support,” said family friend Ana Beresford.

Friend Kami Shkooratoff has also organized a memorial fund for Levy’s partner and two stepchildren. For more information, call Beresford at 250-777-1176.

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