Police identify woman in fatal car accident

VERNON - RCMP continue their investigation into a fatal accident that happened at 30 Avenue and 32 Street Oct. 23 in the early morning hours.

A Chevy Uplander struck a Pontiac sedan, killing the driver, 33-year-old Erin Rae Smith who is from Kelowna. The passenger — who was rushed to Vernon Jubilee Hospital and then transferred to Kelowna General Hospital with very serious injuries — is from Vernon.

The minivan was travelling eastbound on 30 Avenue and the driver allegedly drove through the red light and hit the car on the driver’s door, according to police.

The intersection was closed overnight and into the morning hours as crash analysts investigated, causing traffic congestion during the rush hour.

The passenger in the vehicle remains in stable condition at Kelowna General Hospital and is recovering from her injuries.

The 37-year-old driver of the minivan involved in the crash was released from custody. Mounties are still trying to piece together the facts of the case to determine which, if any, criminal charges will be recommended.

Anyone with information can contact Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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