Attempt to destroy stolen vehicle in Kelowna leads to death

Police believe a Peachland man who died on Saturday night suffered his fatal wound while trying to destroy a stolen truck.

RCMP first became aware of the man’s injuries around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, when RCMP officers came across an ambulance at Highway 33 and Springfield Road.

Paramedics at the scene, who had responded to a 911 call, were dealing with a man in a vehicle who had an upper torso wound. They took him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are continuing to try to piece together what caused the 33-year-old man’s death, but believe the events that led up to his fatal wound began when he stole a white pickup truck earlier that evening in Kelowna and then took it to a rural area with the intention of destroying it.

Sgt. Ann Morrison said the man arranged for a friend to meet him and follow him to a rural area off Philpott Road, and then drove into the heavily treed area to destroy the truck while the friend waited nearby in another vehicle.

“Moments later, the victim came stumbling back to the friend’s vehicle with a wound to his upper torso,” said Morrison.

Police are still looking into how exactly the man wounded himself, and what weapon or tool was used, she said.

The friend drove the injured man from the area, and then called 911 when the man’s condition deteriorated.

An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the man’s cause of death. His name has not been released.

The stolen F350 pickup was recovered by police in an area off Philpott Road and the registered owner is aware of the incident, Morrison said.

The investigation continues and RCMP are asking anyone with information to call them at 250-768-2880 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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