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Lake Country mourns loss of civic-minded young man

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February 11, 2019 - 3:58 PM

LAKE COUNTRY - Lake Country is honouring the memory of a young man who died in a car accident last week.

Derek Flowers-Johnson, 18, was involved in a crash between a vehicle and a semi trailer unit last Friday, Feb. 8 on Highway 97 near Edwards Road and the UBC Okanagan overpass. The accident claimed his life.

A Facebook post from the District of Lake Country describes Flowers-Johnson as passionate, good-humoured and friendly.

Flowers-Johnson became involved in civic issues as a youth councillor with the District of Lake Country in 2017-2018. Since 2017 he'd been an active member of the Lake Country Fire Department's junior firefighter program.

Lake Country will honour Flowers-Johnson's life and support his family with a candelight vigil tomorrow, Feb. 12, at the Alliance Church. There will be a bonfire and a collection for frozen meals, baked good, and financial support, all of which will go to the family. The service is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

A memorial for Flowers-Johnson will be held on Feb. 16 at George Elliot Secondary School from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A GoFundMe page for the family has already raised nearly $20,000 and a Meal Train page is collecting food donations.

Image Credit: FACEBOOK/District of Lake Country
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/District of Lake Country

— The story was corrected at 4:34 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2019. The original story had the incorrect start time for the vigil.

— The story was updated at 9:06 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2019 to include new information about a Feb. 16 memorial.

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