Woman pleads for safer driving after brother’s death in Elk Valley

The family of a 27-year-old man killed in the Crowsnest Pass when his car collided with a pick-up, are asking for people to take more care on the roads.

  • Sep. 28, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The family of a 27-year-old man killed in the Crowsnest Pass when his car collided with a pick-up, are asking for people to take more care on the roads.

Matthew Dortman, 27, died on September 17 after visiting his sister in Fernie. At about 1 p.m. he was driving eastbound on Highway 3 near Coleman, AB, when a pick-up coming the other way crossed the centre line and collided with him. Matthew’s car ended up in a ditch at the side of the road and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pick-up was taken to hospital in Calgary. Although the RCMP have said they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the collision, the matter is still under investigation, and Matthew’s family are looking for answers.

“Matthew was a good little brother and loved us all so much,” said his sister Rachel Dortman.

“He loved music and cooking. He loved children, especially his three nephews.

“He was hard working, and helped me out with my bees and garden.

“When he laughed he laughed with his whole heart.”

Matthew lived in Calgary, and was on his way to the Crowsnest Pass to visit his parents after spending a week in Fernie with Rachel. She said she wants people to think about the consequences of not taking proper care on the roads.

“There is nothing that you need to get to in such a hurry that you put other people at risk,” she said.

“My family has been sentenced to a lifetime of missing him.”

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