Vernon woman dies from injuries sustained in Oyama crash

Driver of Mazda pickup veers across Highway 97 and crashes into rock wall near Crystal Waters.

A Vernon resident has died from critical injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Oyama Thursday.

A 26 year-old woman received head injuries after her Mazda pickup left its northbound lane on Highway 97, near Crystal Waters Road, at about 3:15 p.m.

“Apparently, the truck suddenly veered across oncoming lanes and hit the cement curb, launching it up into the air,” said Cst. Kris Clark, Lake Country RCMP spokesperson.

“The truck then hit the rock wall, collapsing the roof on the driver’s side.”

The woman, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, was taken to Kelowna General Hospital. She succumbed to her injuries late Friday.

The RCMP and the coroner continue with the investigation.

“Weather and road conditions are considered to be the main contributing factors in this crash,” said Clark.