Summerland woman dies in three-vehicle collision

A 47-year-old Summerland woman is dead and a Kelowna woman is in the hospital after a three-vehicle collision.

  • Feb. 10, 2016 3:00 p.m.

A 47-year-old Summerland woman is dead and a Kelowna woman is in the hospital after a three-vehicle collision on Highway 97 near Buchanan Road in Peachland.

Police and the BC Coroner’s Service continue to investigate the serious crash which turned fatal, as well as footage obtained by a passerby’s dashboard camera capturing the collision as it happened.

On Feb. 3 around 3 p.m. West Kelowna RCMP responded to a three-vehicle collision near Buchanan Road.

The dash cam footage seized by police shows a northbound, black Toyota 4Runner losing control of its rear end and veering into the oncoming lane where it collided head on with a southbound, red BMW Mini Cooper. The Toyota then collided with a blue Honda Civic, which was following the Mini Cooper at the time.

The driver of the BMW Mini Cooper, a 47-year-old Summerland woman, was gravely injured and initially treated at the scene by an off-duty paramedic. She was transported to Kelowna General Hospital in critical condition and RCMP are now reporting that she has died.

The 47-year-old Kelowna woman, driver of the Toyota 4Runner, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Highway 97 through Peachland was closed for approximately 2.5 hours to allow for a scene investigation. Investigators have ruled out alcohol as a contributing factor in this crash.

The investigation is ongoing and authorities have yet to determine if charges will be laid.

Although camera footage for the crash exists, the RCMP are asking any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.