Penticton man identified as victim in fatal Okanagan Connector crash

KELOWNA – The first big winter storm on the Okanagan Connector and Coquihalla highways proved deadly early this month.

A car crash claimed the life of a Penticton man on Highway 97C around 1:30 p.m., Nov. 16, according to a media release from the B.C. Coroners Service.

Martin Lewis Schultz, 44, was the driver and sole occupant of an SUV that went out of control about 17 kilometres west of Merritt and sideswiped a tractor-trailer unit.

Schultz died at the scene, the release says, adding weather and road conditions at the time were poor.

Two separate crashes on the Coquihalla Highway that same day completely closed the route from Merritt to Hope, but no one was seriously hurt.

Both the Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate the fatal crash on Highway 97C.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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