Passenger watches his brother die in Lumby car crash

Vernon RCMP

NORTH OKANAGAN - A Lumby man tried to save his brother before he died after an early morning car crash Sunday.

The 23-year-old man and his 25-year-old brother at the wheel were on their way to help some friends having vehicle troubles around 2:20 a.m. Along the 1000 block of Whitevale Road near Lumby, the 2003 F350 truck swerved into the ditch and rolled over, ejecting the driver. The passenger had to crawl out of the truck to find his older brother and attempt CPR. The 23-year-old had no major injuries.

The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation between police and the B.C. Coroner’s Service. A police investigation, including analysis by an accident reconstructionist, will determine whether speed, alcohol, or not wearing a seatbelt were factors in the event.

It was one of two fatal crashes Sunday in the North Okanagan. RCMP responded to a fatal motorcycle accident in Enderby several hours later.

Anyone who witnessed the Whitevale Road crash is asked to contact the Lumby police detachment at 250-547-2151. 

The fatalities follow a tragic accident near Oyama involving the death of a 14-year-old Vernon boy.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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