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North Okanagan flagger dies of injuries

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December 07, 2017 - 8:16 AM

NORTH OKANAGAN - The flagger injured on the job in Lavington last month has died.

Isabelle Bourroughs, 66, passed away last night, Dec. 6, after almost three weeks on life support, her friend and employer Traci Jeeves of Okanagan Traffic Control says.

Bourroughs was hit by a car Nov. 17 while working in a highway construction zone in Lavington. It was the day of her 66th birthday. 

“She was an excellent employee and a wonderful friend. A truly good person,” Jeeves says, fighting back tears.

She says Bourroughs was a great flagger with over 30 years experience. Her passing has left other flaggers feeling rattled.

“With this having happened, we just are feeling a little bit more reluctant to go out every day and work on these roadways when people aren’t paying attention,” Jeeves says.

Police said last month the 75-year-old driver that hit her was “unable to stop in time”. The investigation is ongoing.

“One of our biggest problems is distracted drivers. I believe that’s what happened in this incident but we won’t know until the investigation is over,” Jeeves says.

Jeeves is in close contact with Bourroughs' family and says another statement is expected to be made later today.

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