Coroner identifies two women killed in Highway 6 car crash

LUMBY – The B.C. Coroners Service has identified two women who died in a two-car crash on Highway 6 in the North Okanagan near Lumby December 6.

They were Diedre Naomi-Ann Hughes, 57, from Vernon and her daughter Emma Maria Danielle Froh, 22, from Lumby.

RCMP say the crash, between a Pontiac Sunfire and a Ford Excursion, happened around 7 p.m. just west of the Tolko's White Valley veneer plant.

The coroner says Ms. Froh was driving while her mother was passenger in a car heading west on Highway 6. Near the accident of Dure Meadow Road the car crashed with an easbound SUV. Both were dead at the scene.

“When our officers arrived… they were advised by ambulance personnel the two woman in the Pontiac Sunfire had died in the crash,” North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says in a media release. “Early indications are the roads were icy and the Sunfire crossed into the oncoming lane of the Ford.”

The man and the woman from Vernon in the Ford SUV were taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital by ambulance.

Members from the RCMP’s traffic services, a collision analyst and the B.C. Coroners Service continue to investigate.

The police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call either the Vernon RCMP detachment at 250-545-7171 or the Lumby detachment at 250-547-2151.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 2:29 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 to correct the location of the car crash.

— This story was updated at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 10 to include details from the B.C. Coroners Service.

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