A Kelowna man was killed after a crash on Highway 97C near Merritt on Tuesday night.
“On March 1, at 8:08 p.m. members from the Central Interior Traffic Service and Merritt Detachment, along with Merritt Emergency Health Services and Merritt Fire Rescue responded to a two vehicle collision some six km south of Merritt on Highway 97C,” says RCMP Cpl. Doug Hardy, Central Interior Traffic-Services(Merritt).
“Investigation has determined the Honda Civic was travelling northbound, when the vehicle crossed the center line and encroached into the southbound lanes hitting a tractor/trailer unit.”
The 25-year old Kelowna driver of the Honda Civic was taken to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops with non life-threatening injuries.
The passenger in the Honda Civic , a 30-year-old Kelowna man, was transported to the Nicola Valley Health centre, where he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
The seriousness of the accident is being attributed to a number of factors including driver inattention, alcohol, and the fact the passenger was not wearing a seat belt, police say.
Central Interior Traffic Services is continuing to investigate this incident, with probable charges pending. The name of the deceased man has not been released.