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Fatal head-on collision in Lake Country

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October 22, 2018 - 8:38 AM

LAKE COUNTRY – RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are working together to determine what caused a head-on collision that killed a man and seriously injured another early Sunday morning in Lake Country.

Emergency crews in Lake Country rushed to the scene yesterday, Oct. 21, at around 7:35 a.m., an RCMP media release says. They were responding to reports of a serious head-on collision along Highway 97 south of Oceola Road. 

A witness, who remained at the scene, told police that a grey Chevrolet Impala had crossed the centre line of the highway and collided head-on with a northbound black Chrysler 300 from Alberta.

Emergency medical crews, with both the Lake Country Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance Service, performed CPR on the 87-year-old driver of the grey Chevrolet Impala who had slipped in cardiac arrest.

“The elderly Upper Fraser Valley man, who was rushed from the scene in grave condition by B.C. Ambulance Service, sadly passed away while being transported to an area hospital,” Kelowna RCMP media liaison Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “Efforts remain underway to locate and properly notify the deceased’s next of kin.”

The driver and sole occupant of the Chrysler 300, a 52-year-old man from Central Alberta, was also transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. He sustained what police believe to be serious but non life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision.

“Both vehicles are slated for mechanical inspections and will remain part of the still ongoing investigation, now being led by the B.C. Coroners Service,” O’Donaghey says. “Investigators are mindful, and have yet to confirm whether or not a medical emergency suffered by the 87-year-old behind the steering wheel, may have been a contributing factor in this tragic crash.”

Police would like to hear from more eyewitnesses. If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are urged to contact the RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services at 250-491-5354 or the Lake Country RCMP at 250-766-2288.

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