A 51 year-old Ladysmith musician Heidi Plato was killed Tuesday (Nov. 10) in a two-vehicle collision in the 2100 hundred block of Yellowpoint Road.
The accident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Plato was assessed with life threatening injuries on scene and died while being transported to Nanaimo General Hospital.
Two pickup trucks were involved in the accident. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Plato was a well-known local musician and member of the Awkward a/c punk band, where she played drums and provided vocals.
She was married to Pete Vizvari, who plays guitar in Awkward a/c. She leaves behind two sisters and her mother.
In a Daily News interview, Dave Read, a friend of Plato and owner of Nanaimo’s Vinyl Record Guru, said she was a “dear friend” and a great lover of music.
He said Plato, who was originally from the Prairies, had spent the past 10 years in Nanaimo.
“She was a huge presence in the local music scene and will be missed,” Read said.
A concert in Esquimalt where Awkward a/c was booked to play turned into a tribute to Plato, and a celebration of her life is planned, with information to be posted on the Awkward a/c Facebook page.
The second driver, a 39 year old male, fled the scene, but was located approximately one hour later on Cedar Road, states the RCMP report on the incident.
He was arrested for refusing to provide a breath sample and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
The suspect sustained ‘soft tissue damage’ and was transported to Nanaimo Regional Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and later released.
“It is only early in the investigation and considerable investigative work is required before officers will be in a position to consider further charges,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to call 250-754-2345.