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North Okanagan RCMP awaiting lab results in 2016 double fatal

Paige Whitelaw, left, and Carlee De Boer, right, were killed in a car crash March 6, 2016.
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February 22, 2017 - 6:30 PM

VERNON - Police continue to investigate a fatal car crash that claimed the lives of two Okanagan College students.

The March 6, 2016 crash at Highway 6 and Waddington Drive left Carlee De Boer, of Enderby, and her friend Paige Whitelaw, of Ladysmith, dead. They were both 20-years-old.

Almost a year later, police continue to investigate the crash and Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says they are still waiting for lab results.

“Unfortunately, our labs are just really backed up. They prioritize as they should and we’re in the queue,” Noseworthy says.

De Boer and Whitelaw were passengers in a GMC Sierra pickup when it failed to make a curve in the road, hit the shoulder and rolled several times. There were five people in the truck including De Boer and Whitelaw. A 21-year-old Armstrong man was at the wheel.

Police initially said there was some indication speed and alcohol may have contributed to the crash. No charges have been laid.

De Boer attended A.L. Fortune in Enderby before enrolling at Okanagan College to become a therapy assistant. That’s where she met Whitelaw.

“Carlee was well-known in the community where she spent most of her childhood at the river soaking up the rays and water skiing on her beloved Shuswap River. She loved life and everything it had to offer. She played many sports all of which she was a star at and was always a firecracker on the team, a true team player,” states a post on a Go Fund Me account.

Donations were used for a scholarship in De Boer’s honour. To date, the fundraiser has generated more than $25,000.

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