Alcohol a factor in Kelowna crash involving truck, semi

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KELOWNA – Police believe the driver of a pickup truck had too much alcohol when she pulled in front of a tractor trailer in Downtown Kelowna last night.

The 36-year-old woman was turning left off Harvey Ave onto Water Street at 10:43 p.m. and was hit by the tractor-trailer, which was travelling westbound through a green light, Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says in a release. 

The investigating officer noticed signs of impairment from the driver of the blue Ford F-250 and she failed two roadside breath tests, he says.

“It’s fortunate that neither driver was injured in this crash,” O’Donaghey says. “RCMP recommend that the public make prior arrangements for a designated driver, to take public transit, or take a cab home, as police CounterAttack Road Checks will be all throughout the Central Okanagan this holiday season.”

He says the driver "was issued prohibitions and penalties under the Motor Vehicle Act" and her vehicle was impounded.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.


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