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Police investigate deadly crash as Kamloops drivers weigh in on possible factors

November 06, 2019 - 4:47 PM

As police continue to investigate a fatal accident last weekend, residents of Kamloops are offering suggestions to make the roads in the area safer.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 3, four Thompson Rivers University international students and alumni were involved in a serious crash involving a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup fled the scene, leaving two men dead and two injured, with one in critical condition. The men who died have been identified through social media as Feyisola Adebowale and Daniel Okocha.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie of the Kamloops RCMP could not confirm the identities of those involved but says that the man who was taken to hospital in critical condition has improved slightly.

“The one that was in life-threatening condition is still alive and I believe they are just now in serious condition,” Shelkie says.

Although the RCMP hasn’t yet finished its investigation into the crash, Shelkie has some insight as to the direction in which the vehicles were travelling.

“Our Forensic Identification Section and the Integrated Collision Analyst Reconstruction Services haven’t said for certain, but we believe the car was on First Avenue... I can only assume it was going south because it’s a one way, and we believe the pickup truck was on Battle Street but we don't know which direction,” Shelkie says.

Although the RCMP arrested the registered owner of the pickup truck the day after the accident, he has been released as the police work to determine who was driving at the time of the crash.

A spokesperson for the university says they are giving no additional information on the students and have not announced a date for a memorial for the men.

Meanwhile, Twitter users have discussed the steep roadway on which the two men were killed, and have come up with a few ways to improve safety on the avenue.

The Twitter thread started with Kamscan, a local account that observes police and first responders scanners, suggesting that incomplete and rolling stops are common occurrences by drivers on the side streets. Speeding, visibility, and lack of respect for road rules seem to be common worries of the Twitter users. Here's what some of them had to say.

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