A head on collision near Lake Country claimed the life of an Upper Fraser Valley man. (Photo submitted)

Fraser Valley man dead after head on crash in Lake Country

Accident occurred at about 7:35 a.m.

An 87-year-old Upper Fraser Valley man has died as a result of a head-on collision in Lake Country.

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are working together in order to determine what caused a head-on collision, that seriously injured a man and fatally injured another early Sunday morning in the Central Okanagan.

On Oct. 21 at 7:35 a.m., emergency crews in Lake Country rushed to the scene after they received reports of a serious head-on collision, along Highway 97 south of Oceola Road. A witness, who remained at the scene, told police that the grey Chevrolet Impala had crossed the centre line of the highway and collided head on with a northbound black Chrysler 300 from Alberta.

Emergency medical crews, with both the Lake Country Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service, tirelessly performed CPR on the 87-year-old driver of the grey Chevrolet Impala who had slipped in cardiac arrest.

Related: Crash backs up traffic in Lake Country

Related: Crashes reach all time high in B.C.: ICBC

“The elderly Upper Fraser Valley man, who was rushed from the scene in grave condition by BC Ambulance Service, sadly passed away while being transported to an area hospital,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna Regional RCMP and spokesperson for the Lake Country Detachment. “Efforts remain underway to locate and properly notify the deceased’s next of kin.”

The driver and sole occupant of the Chrysler 300, a 52-year-old man from central Alberta, was also transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. He sustained what police believe to be serious, however non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision.

“Both vehicles are slated for mechanical inspections and will remain part of the still ongoing investigation, now being led by the BC Coroners Service,” said O’Donaghey. “Investigators are mindful, and have yet to confirm whether or not a medical emergency suffered by the 87-year-old behind the steering wheel, may have been a contributing factor in this tragic crash.”

Police would like to hear from more eye-witnesses. Anyone who witnessed this crash and has not yet spoken to police is urged to contact the RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services at 250-491-5354 or the Lake Country RCMP at 250-766-2288.


@VernonNews
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Kelowna car thief’s sentencing delayed

Stanley Nickason pleaded guilty car theft charges in B.C. Supreme Court

Alleged impaired driver flips car near Lake Country

The incident happened early Friday morning

Summerland Fall Fair to include zucchini race

Event is in honour of bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps

West Kelowna fawn will be euthanized Friday night unless claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer is currently being treated at West Kelowna’s Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital

July showers wash out half of the Okanagan’s cherry supply

Cherry growers say this is the work season they’ve seen in decades

Survivorship Dragon Boat Team wins in Vernon

Team takes top spot in A division at festival

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

RDOS contributes funds to arts centre workshop

South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre Society wants input into proposed facility

World-famous sopranos to hold concert in Okanagan

Two Canadian sopranos are bringing their world-famous voices to the Okanagan for one night only

Summerland Fall Fair to include zucchini race

Event is in honour of bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Health: Living longer, a myth?

A new column to Black Press from CHIP HealthLine Solutions

Most Read