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Kamloops crash: Third victim, from Kelowna, in critical condition

Owen Waterhouse (on left) and his brother Jack Waterhouse (on right)
Image Credit: GoFundMe

One of the three victims of the car crash that occurred last week in Kamloops is from Kelowna and as is in critical condition, according to a crowdfunding account set up in his name.

Owen Waterhouse, who was born and raised in Kelowna, is one of the three TRU Wolfpack team members involved in the car crash leaving him with severe injuries and in care of the Royal Inland Hospital ICU.

“Owen remains in a medically induced coma and is in critical condition,” an update in the online fundraiser reads. “He has sustained severe brain trauma and (his) life will be forever changed.”

He was one of two Wolfpack volleyball players to survive the Nov. 29 crash after they were hit by a truck in a Kamloops intersection. While stopped at an intersection, the Dodge Ram hit their car, killing one of them.

“Owen is an extraordinary young man who lights up any room he enters with his smile,” reads the fundraiser. “Kindness and love radiate from Oz. It is no surprise, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Owen's parents, Kelley and Rick, and his biggest fan, brother Jack, are likely the kindest, most loving, selfless family you have ever encountered.”

He is described as a light to be around and he and his family have been greatly involved in the community.

The fundraiser will serve to support Owen’s family as they move to Kamloops, to be by his side during his recovery as well as to finance all the treatment and rehabilitation that will be involved in the road ahead. To donate, visit the GoFundMe here.

Waterhouse is one of three victims; Riley Brinnen has been left with serious spinal injuries and Owyn McInnis was killed in the crash.

Brinnen's family also started a fundraiser as he recovers from surgery at Vancouver General Hospital's spinal ICU.

Thompson Rivers University has now launched a scholarship in McInnis' name following two anonymous donations totaling $20,000.

Police have not released any updates on the investigation, which continues as investigators piece together what led to the multi-vehicle collision on McGill Road. 

Four vehicles were damaged in the crash and two people were injured, in addition to the three volleyball players. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Police did not say whether the driver of the truck was arrested at the scene or whether the collision is being investigated as a crime.

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