October 30, 2014 - 3:09 PM
VERNON – As the investigation continues into a car crash last week which claimed the life of a Kelowna woman and sent a Vernon woman to hospital with critical injuries, police are hoping two men who stopped to assist the victims will give them a call.
RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the men helped out for a few minutes then left the crash scene at the intersection of Highway 97 and 30 Avenue in downtown Vernon at around 1:15 a.m., Oct. 23.
“Our officers would like to speak to them,” Molendyk says in a media release. “Investigators are asking the two men to please call the Vernon RCMP office so we can speak to them about their involvement with the crash victims that morning.”
Erin Rae Smith, 33, of Kelowna died in the crash. She was a nurse at Vernon Jubilee hospital and was driving a Pontiac sedan.
Her co-worker Lindsey Hauck, 31, of Vernon was a passenger in the Pontiac sedan, which was T-boned by a Chevy Uplander minivan.
The 37-year-old Vernon woman behind the wheel of the minivan allegedly drove through a red light and hit the car on the driver’s door, according to police.
“Our investigating officer made a determination that the driver of the van was under the influence of liquor and started an impaired driving investigation,” Molendyk said Oct. 23.
A page has been created on the fundraising website gofundme.com by Hauck’s friends and co-workers. According to the site, she has internal and head injuries along with a broken arm.
Police say she was taken to Kelowna General Hospital originally but has since been transferred to Vernon Jubilee Hospital to continue her recovery.
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