07/20/2012 01:15 EDT | Updated 09/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan Mountie Killed In Crash With Moose

A Saskatchewan Mountie is dead after his police vehicle ran into a moose on a highway early Friday morning.

The accident happened just before 2 a.m. CST on Highway 14, about seven kilometres west of the town of Wilkie in the west-central part of the province.

The RCMP member has been identified as Const. Derek Pineo, 38, of the Wilkie detachment.

The sole occupant of the vehicle, Pineo was declared dead at the scene.

Pineo joined the RCMP in August of 2007 and had 4 years, 11 months of service.

He had family in Saskatchewan as well as Nova Scotia, and family members have been notified, the RCMP said Friday.