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Kelowna athlete in coma following crash that claimed teammate’s life

Owen Waterhouse the 3rd TRU volleyball player identified in fatal Kamloops crash
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Owen Waterhouse (left) was injured in a car crash in Kamloops on Nov. 29, 2023. He is photographed next to his brother Jack. (GoFundMe)

The third Thompson River University men’s volleyball player involved in a car crash in Kamlooops has been identified as Owen Waterhouse from Kelowna.

The three team members were struck on Nov. 29. The crash closed the intersection of University Drive and McGill Road, near TRU, for several hours.

In a GoFundMe started for Waterhouse and his family, the posting reads, “Owen remains in a medically induced coma and is in critical condition, in care of the phenomenal team in ICU at the Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops. He has sustained severe brain trauma and life will be forever changed.”

Waterhouse is described as kind and selfless. He was a former volunteer with the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association and participated in fundraisers and charities like Easter Seals.

The fundraiser for the volleyball player is aiming to raise $50,000 for treatment, rehabilitation and other necessities.

Waterhouse’s teammate Riley Brinnen is also recovering from the crash at Vancouver General Hospital.

TRU Wolfpack’s Owen McInnis from Guelph, Ont. died in the collision. A scholarship has been set up in his name.

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Brittany Webster

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