Man ejected from truck in Vernon crash dies of injuries


VERNON - Police are investigating a car crash in Vernon that left one man dead and another seriously injured last night.

Police responded to the crash, which involved a 2007 Grey GMC Sierra pickup truck and a motorcycle at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at the intersection of 20 Street and 47 Avenue, according to an RCMP media release.

Police say the pickup truck, driven by a 31-year-old man believed to be from Kelowna, was stolen.

“The impact occurred at the controlled intersection which caused the truck to leave the roadway, flipping over into a nearby creek. The truck driver was ejected from the truck and located deceased in the creek,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in the release.

The 19-year-old Vernon man on the motorcycle was transported to hospital with non life-threatening injuries in serious but stable condition, Moskaluk says.

A second motorcyclist was accompanying the injured rider, who along with other motorists, witnessed the crash.

The Vernon RCMP and B.C. Coroners Service continue to investigate.

“Preliminary findings indicate the driver of the truck may have failed to stop for a red light at the intersection,” Moskaluk says.

Anyone with information or who witnessed anything related to the incident us asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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