A tragic road accident near Demaraisville claimed the life of a young Waswanipi man just before the holidays.

Claude Gull, 30, was dead at the scene when the car in which he was a passenger went off the road at about 3:15 a.m. on December 16 about 4 kilometres east of Desmaraisville.

The driver survived with only minor injuries.

Highway conditions were bad, with icy roads and freezing rain.

Waswanipi police arrived within 20 minutes, but Gull already showed no signs of life, said the community’s police chief Tommy Grant.

Grant said provincial police took over the investigation.