Car flipped on side in downtown Kelowna crash

A car crash in downtown Kelowna left one vehicle on its side on the corner of Ellis Street and Lawrence Avenue Thursday, Feb. 11.

KELOWNA - A middle-aged woman was taken to hospital after her car was rear ended and pushed on it’s side in a downtown parking lot this morning.

The collision happened around 11 a.m., today, Feb. 11, at the intersection of Ellis Street and Lawrence Avenue. A witness says the car was hit from behind at a high rate of speed and the woman and her vehicle were knocked into a gravel parking lot. The car hit a concrete barrier and was left on its side.

RCMP say it is believed the woman, who was driving a grey Hyundai Sonata, failed to signal when she decided to suddenly turn left at the intersection. The driver of a white Toyota Rav4 behind her then mistakenly pressed the accelator and hit the car. After being hit, RCMP suspect the driver of the car then mistakenly pressed the accelerator as well, causing her to lose control and hit another vehicle in a parking lot, pushing it into yet another vehicle in the lot.

Kelowna firefighters were able to get the 69-year-old Kelowna woman out and she was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the Rav4, a 30-year-old Kelowna woman, was not injured.

“Police interviewed several witnesses at the scene,” Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a release. “Thankfully no pedestrians were involved in this collision, which occurred at a regularly busy downtown intersection. Police would like to remind motorists to look ahead, plan your turns in advance and always use your signals.”

O'Donaghey notes no charges are being considered at this time. 


To contact a reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 2:11 p.m., Feb. 11, 2016, with additional details from RCMP.

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