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Witnesses of fatal multi vehicle crash in Kelowna sought

Crash on Highway 97 N Sept. 20 is still being investigated by RCMP. Bryon McLuckie/Global News

Local Mounties are now looking for witnesses to a four-vehicle crash on Highway 97 that left one person dead.

Kelowna RCMP responded on Sept. 20, just after 3:30 p.m., to the four-vehicle crash on Highway 97 North in the southbound lanes near Ellison Lake, Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said.

“A green Chevrolet SUV headed southbound crossed the center line and struck a black Dodge pickup in the northbound lanes. During this collision, a grey Acura car and an orange Toyota pickup were also struck,” said Noseworthy.

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The 30-year-old female passenger of the SUV was declared deceased at the scene. The 36-year-old male driver of the SUV was transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services with what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries.

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All four vehicles were towed from the scene due to damage, said Noseworthy.

“Fortunately, the occupants of the other three vehicles did not sustain serious injuries in this collision,” she said.

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The crash scene was closed for several hours for processing, and investigators are currently in the midst of determining what led to the collision. No charges have been laid at this time.

“The Kelowna RCMP Traffic Service Unit has taken carriage of this investigation. We are asking anyone who witnessed the collision, has a dashcam or surveillance video, or has any information, to come forward and speak with us,” Noseworthy said.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting its own, parallel investigation into this death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, neither the RCMP nor the Coroners Service has any more details to share at this time.

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Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-768-2880.

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