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Drunk driver was speeding excessively in 2016 fatal crash in Vernon, coroner says

Paige Whitelaw, left, and Carlee De Boer, right, were killed in a car crash March 6, 2016.
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March 01, 2018 - 4:30 PM

VERNON - The driver of a pickup truck that crashed on Highway 6 killing two passengers was intoxicated and driving more than twice the posted speed limit, according to a coroner’s report on the deaths.

Paige Alexandra Whitelaw, 20, and Carlee Nora De Boer, 20, were backseat passengers in a truck that crashed shortly before 1:30 a.m. on March 6, 2016 on Highway 6 near Waddington Drive, states a report released to iNFOnews.ca this week from the B.C. Coroners Service.

De Boer, of Enderby, and Whitelaw, of Vancouver Island, were students at Okanagan College.

The driver of the truck and two other passengers sustained minor injuries.

According to a pair of reports by coroner Margaret Janzen, an RCMP collision analyst concluded that the truck was travelling between 141 and 152 km/h in the 60 km/h zone. The nearest posted highway speed sign was 167 metres away.

Investigation also revealed the driver was intoxicated, Janzen said.

Whitelaw was determined to have been wearing a seatbelt at the time, while it is unknown if De Boer was wearing hers.

Janzen said the intoxication of the driver and excessive speed were contributing factors in the deaths. She classified their deaths as accidental and made no recommendations.

Travis Dustin Fox, born in 1995, is charged with 12 counts related to the crash, including two counts of impaired driving causing death, two counts of criminal negligence causing death and other charges related to causing bodily harm. Fox next appears in Vernon court March 15.

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