Head on collision in Kamloops claims two lives

Kamloops City, Traffic Services

2020-08-14 13:09 PDT

File # Kamloops RCMP File: 2020-27101 / Southeast District Central Interior Traffic Services (CITS) File: 2020-4553

Southeast District RCMP Central Interior Traffic Services (CITS) and the BC Coroners Service are probing the circumstances surrounding a tragic collision which claimed two lives outside of Kamloops Thursday evening.

On August 13, 2020 at 5:08 p.m., Kamloops Rural RCMP and emergency medical crews responded to the scene of a two vehicle head on collision on Highway 1 near the intersection of Deadman Vidette Road between the communities of Savona and Walhachin.

Initial findings at the scene suggest that a westbound red Ford Fiesta suddenly crossed the centre line and collided head on with an eastbound red Dodge Journey. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford Fiesta, an 84-year-old man from the Thompson area, passed away at the scene.

The two occupants of the Dodge Journey, a man and a woman both also residents of the central interior Thompson area, were rushed to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services in serious condition. The 77-year-old woman, who had been a passenger in the Dodge Journey later succumbed to her injuries in hospital. The 83-year-old driver remains in hospital in serious condition.

The BC Coroners Service has been notified and has also launched an independent and concurrent fact-finding investigation into the sudden death of both individuals.

Southeast District RCMP Central Interior Traffic Services has taken carriage of the ongoing police investigation. If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police, or you have dash camera footage of the collision you are asked to contact Cst. Mykyte of the RCMP Southeast District Central Interior Traffic Services at 250-828-3111 Ext: 2.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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