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Impaired ATV driver who hit Kelowna pedestrian facing possible charges

October 05, 2020 - 10:53 AM

A Kelowna man is facing possible charges after hitting and seriously injuring a pedestrian while driving an all terrain vehicle.

Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a collision between an all terrain vehicle and pedestrian on Postill Lake Road just after 10:50 p.m. Sept. 26, according to an RCMP media release.

Officers formed grounds to believe that the driver was impaired, police said. The driver, 25, failed a test performed using a roadside screening device.

The driver was arrested and transported to the local detachment, where he provided samples of his breath.

He sustained minor injuries in the collision and now faces a number of potential charges and driving prohibitions. 

The pedestrian, a 17-year-old Kelowna boy, sustained serious injuries and was rushed to hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening in nature.

“RCMP would like to acknowledge the number of bystanders who jumped in to provide first aid to the injured young man, while emergency medical crews responded to the scene," Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Const. Solana Paré said in a release. “Our traffic services investigators are urging eye witnesses to the crash to immediately come forward and speak with police.”

The investigation remains ongoing and the RCMP will forward a detailed report to the B.C. Prosecution Service for review and consideration of charge approval. 

Anyone with any information about this crime can contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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