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Vernon man killed in Highway 97 crash near Lake Country

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October 25, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Police are looking for witnesses to a crash that claimed a 24-year-old Vernon man's life on Highway 97 in Lake Country yesterday.

Lake Country and Kelowna RCMP officers responded to reports of a rollover between the Pelmewash Parkway on-ramp and Crystal Waters Road Thursday, Oct. 24 shortly after 7 a.m.

The caller said a black 2015 Volkswagen Jetta had crashed and an unresponsive man was inside, according to an RCMP media release. The BC Emergency Health Services and Lake Country Fire Department confirmed that the driver had died before police arrived.

A 21-year old Vernon woman, who has since been confirmed as the only other occupant inside the vehicle at the time of the collision, was located nearby with minor injuries. She was transported to the hospital where she was treated and has since been released.

"RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services (COTS) have assumed conduct of this investigation and are seeking witnesses to this tragic event," Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the Southeast District RCMP, said in the release. "Our investigators have reason to believe the vehicle was travelling northbound on Highway 97 sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Thursday, Oct 24.

"Anyone with any information or dash-cam video is asked to contact RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services (COTS) at 250-491-5354 and cite file 2019-5516."

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating the man’s sudden death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, his name will not be released. The RCMP and the BC Coroners Service have no further information for release.

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