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Alcohol suspected in Kelowna ATV crash with major injuries

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December 31, 2015 - 1:45 PM

KELOWNA - He was likely drunk, wound up in hospital with serious injuries, injured a passenger, faces impaired driving charges and he may still consider New Years Eve day 2015 to be lucky.

Had a neighbour not witnessed the 28-year-old man driving wildly with a woman on the back of at ATV on Gordon Drive at 2:53 a.m. the night could have ended much differently for both driver and passenger. Police say neither were wearing helmets nor dressed for the cold winter weather when they flipped the quad onto the road.

The witness helped them out while calling 911, according to a release by Kelowna RCMP. Spokesperson Jesse O'Donaghey says driver and passenger were sprawled on the street when police and ambulance arrived. 

"If it wasn't for the member of the public who witnessed this crash, stopped to assist the crash victims and called 911 there may have been a different outcome," O'Donaghey said. 

A witness told police the ATV was swerving side to side, travelling north on Gordon Drive. The driver faces numerous charges including impaired driving after police say they smelled liquor on the driver.

“The driver required medical attention and was taken to the hospital for treatment of what police believe are serious non-life threatening injuries,” O’Donaghey said. “A blood demand was made and a sample of the driver’s blood was taken for the investigation.”

The 21-year-old Kelowna passenger was also taken to hospital suffering from less serious injuries. The driver was also given a 24-hour driving prohibition and released to medical care.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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