Peachland crash sends Kelowna man to hospital

A 62-year-old Kelowna man was ejected from his vehicle into the still cold waters of Okanagan Lake

  • Apr. 15, 2016 6:00 p.m.

A man was pulled from Okanagan Lake and rushed to hospital in serious condition following a single vehicle crash Thursday night in Peachland.

On April 14 at 7:39 p.m. the West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 97 South near Renfrew Road in Peachland. Witnesses told police that the vehicle, a red Honda CRV, was travelling northbound on Highway 97 when it attempted to exit the highway into a pull out. The witness reported that the driver appeared to have lost control of the vehicle which then plunged into Okanagan Lake.

“Several motorist stopped to assist the driver, a 62-year-old Kelowna man, who had appeared to have been ejected from his vehicle into the still cold waters of Okanagan Lake,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release. “The driver regained consciousness at the scene and was transported to hospital in stable, however serious condition. He remains in hospital at this time.”

The West Kelowna RCMP continue to investigate this crash, which will include a review of the detailed analysis of the crash scene which had been conducted by an RCMP Collision Reconstructionist.

The vehicle was secured in the water by emergency crews to prevent it from drifting away and slipping below the surface. The vehicle was eventually removed from the water and towed from the scene.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact Cst.  Leah Zimmerman of the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment at 250-768-2880.

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