West Kelowna Newlywed dies in Coquihalla Highway crash

A 54-year-old Westside woman, whose name has yet to be released, died while attempting to help others injured in chain-reaction crashes.

  • Feb. 4, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Officers from the Fraser Valley Traffic Services responded to a report of  multi-vehicle collision Feb .3 at 6:35 p.m., approximately 35 km north of Hope.

Three vehicles—a 2008 Toyota, a 2008 Ford and a 2007 international commercial vehicle hauling lumber—had all been travelling southbound on Highway 5 near the Zapkis brake check before colliding and coming to rest on the traveled portion of the roadway and the shoulder.

The two occupants of the Toyota—a 66-year-old female and 67-year-old male from Langley were both injured.

Two 40-year-old male occupants of the Ford from Kamloops and a 54-year-old West Kelowna woman, who was a passenger in the commercial vehicle, exited the vehicles and rendered medical assistance to the injured.

A 2008 Chevrolet, driven by a 62-year-old man from West Kelowna, drove through the collision scene and struck the Toyota, which eventually hit the woman from West Kelowna. The woman’s 59-year-old husband of four months witnessed the crash.

She was taken to a local hospital in Hope where she succumbed to her injuries.

Her name has yet to be released.

The driver of the Chevrolet stopped briefly down the road from the collision scene; however, did not return to the scene. Instead, he drove to Hope where he attended the RCMP detachment to report the incident. Police say he is being cooperative.

Primary investigation reveals that it was snowing at the time of the collision, which may have been a factor in the crash. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors at this time.

The Fraser Valley Traffic Services, the Office of the Provincial Coroner and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are continuing their investigations.

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