Driver impairment, failure to wear seatbelt blamed in fatal Highway 97 crash

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An Okanagan man in his 40s was the sole victim of a Friday night crash that shut down Highway 97 north of Peachland for several hours.

Cpl. Mike Halskov said contributing factors to the crash that saw a truck knock its way through a concrete barrier before heading downhill were “driver impairment, failure to wear a seatbelt and using an electronic device while driving.”

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Witnesses called in the Drought Hill crash at approximately 7 p.m. and West Kelowna RCMP, BC Highway Patrol from Kelowna and Emergency Services responded.

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BC Highway Patrol in Kelowna has conduct of the investigation and no further details are available.

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“BC Highway Patrol reminds drivers to always drive sober, wear seatbelts, obey speed limits and drive distraction-free every time you get behind the wheel,” Halskov said.

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