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UPDATE: Car crash victim identified

Pieces of wood, cable ties and a rubber Ranger mat scattered the ditch near 5515 Old Kamloops Rd.
March 05, 2013 - 5:13 PM

By Charlotte Helston

UPDATE: March 5, 2013 - 5 p.m.

The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the man who died following a motor vehicle accident near Vernon March 3. 

He was Tyrone Nicholas Turnbull, 33, from Vernon.

Turnbull was the sole occupant of the vehicle which left the road and rolled over on Old Kamloops Road. He was taken to hospital in Vernon but died from injuries sustained in the crash shortly after. 

The B.C. Coroners Service continues to investigate this death.

March 4, 2013 - 11:52 a.m.

A Sunday evening car crash believed to have involved alcohol and speeding has left a 33-year-old man dead. His injuries were severe when police and emergency medical services discovered him laying on the side of Old Kamloops Rd around 7:30 p.m March 3.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the man hit a support pole with his Ford Ranger and was thrown from the vehicle onto the ground. At the scene, tire marks can be seen in the ditch of the southbound lane several meters before the origin of the support pole. Molendyk said the man was northbound when he struck the pole. A rubber vehicle mat and cans of Old Milwaukee beer litter the scene. 

"There isn't much left of the truck," Molendyk said.

The man was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital by ambulance, and succumbed to his injuries a short time later. The incident is under investigation by the RCMP's traffic reconstructionist and the Coroner to determine the cause of the accident.

"Early indications are that speed and alcohol are likely contributing factors in this accident," Molendyk said.

The deceased's name is being withheld until the family has been notified. He was the only occupant of the vehicle. 

One end of this wooden pole rests on the left hand side of Old Kamloops Rd while the other end rests on the right hand side amongst a jumble of wood and other objects.
One end of this wooden pole rests on the left hand side of Old Kamloops Rd while the other end rests on the right hand side amongst a jumble of wood and other objects.

The Ford Ranger was crushed in the collision.
The Ford Ranger was crushed in the collision.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230

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