Fiery crash could be booze related

  • Jun. 7, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Police suspect booze could be one of the factors of a dramatic crash at the intersection of Kelowna’s Harvey Avenue and Gordon Drive the early hours of Saturday.

“Witnesses saw a brown Kia sedan travelling northbound on Gordon at a high rate of speed,” said Const. Steve Holmes, noting the incident happened at 1:20 a.m. June. 4.

“The vehicle went through a red light at the intersection and struck an eastbound black Dodge pickup, spinning the truck 360 degrees.” The car caught fire and the two occupants of the truck, a 27 year old man and 26 year old woman from Kelowna, helped get the three occupants out of the car.

The 20 year old driver of the Kia, from Terrace, showed signs of alcohol impairment but a gash across his head delayed his ability to provide a breath sample.

“At the Kelowna General Hospital, he consented to a blood sample, which was sent away to be analyzed for blood alcohol content,” said Holmes.

The driver may be facing recommended charges of Drive while Impaired and Drive over .08, depending on the blood analysis. Motor Vehicle Act charges may also be applicable.

The remaining occupants of both vehicles had minor injuries and both vehicles needed to be towed from the scene.

Kelowna Capital News