Vernon boy killed in Lake Country accident identified

Emergency crews respond to a fatal accident on Highway 97 late Sunday afternoon between Vernon and Lake Country. - Jennifer Smith/Morning Star
Emergency crews respond to a fatal accident on Highway 97 late Sunday afternoon between Vernon and Lake Country.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith/Morning Star

Officials have released the name of the 14-year-old Vernon boy who died after the vehicle he was in struck another Sunday afternoon.

The victim has been identified as Rodney Michael Boring.

Lake Country RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 97 near Crystal Waters Road shortly before 4 p.m.

Apparently, a black Dodge pickup was travelling southbound in the outside lane when it was struck, head-on, by a northbound white Pontiac Sunfire,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Kris Clark.

“According to witnesses, the Pontiac was moving with the flow of traffic when it suddenly swerved left across oncoming lanes and impacted the Dodge pickup.

The force of the collision caused the truck to overturn on to its roof while the Pontiac was sent into the ditch on the southbound side of the highway.”

Boring was a passenger in the Pontiac, which was driven by a 17-year-old Vernon boy who suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to the Kelowna General Hospital.

The passenger of the pickup truck, a 25-year-old Lumby woman also suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries while the driver, a 26-year-old Lumby man, was relatively unscathed.

The initial investigation suggests that neither speed nor alcohol are factors in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information who has yet to speak with police is asked to contact the Central Okanagan Traffic Services, Cst Danilowich, at 250-980-5353.

Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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