One person is reported to have been killed as a result of a two-vehicle accident Monday morning on Westside Road near Head of the Lake Road.

Armstrong woman killed in Westside Road accident

Vernon RCMP confirm a two-vehicle accident Monday claims one life.

Another tragic death has hit the City of Armstrong.

Two weeks after the murder of an 18-year-old teenager, the city is dealing with another loss, as Vernon RCMP have confirmed the victim of a fatal motor-vehicle accident on Westside Road near Vernon Monday morning is Ronda Zawada, 60, of Armstrong.

Rural RCMP officers were called to an accident at Head of the Lake Road and Westside Road shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday involving two vehicles.

“Early indications are, the car Zawada was driving skidded sideways into the path of a second vehicle on the road and the two collided in what is described as a T-bone crash on the driver’s side,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Jana Spotted Eagle, who lives on the corner of Head of the Lake Road, heard the accident.

“My neighbour was fumbling around out front with his garbage, I was outside and I heard a big bang,” said Spotted Eagle. “The cars were facing each other. My sister was with me and we ran to the vehicles right away to see who was hurt and how many people were in the accident.”

Spotted Eagle said there was glass all over the road, along with a lot of groceries from one of the cars.

Zawada, a cook at Snc’c’amala?tn Day Care and School on Westside Road, was in a 1970 Chrysler while the second driver, also a woman, from Westside Road, was in her 2001 Nissan in the ditch stating that her leg was hurting.

Both women were the lone occupants of their respective vehicles.

“I told them not to move, that the ambulance was on its way,” said Spotted Eagle, choking back tears. “A guy was holding the one lady’s hand, the one who didn’t make it. I was telling her the ambulance was on its way. She was trying to talk. I don’t know what she was saying.”

The driver of the Nissan was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with a severe leg injury.

Traffic was backed up in both directions, and Westside Road was closed for nearly three hours.

The investigation into the accident, said Molendyk, is likely to take some time.

Zawada worked off and on for 14 years at Snc’c’amala?tn.

“We’re all grieving,” said Lorraine Ladan, Snc’c’amala?tn manager Tuesday morning. “We’re all really sad, and she will really be missed.”

Zawada is the fifth Armstrong resident to die tragically since Sept. 22.

 

 


Just Posted

Extra week added to Sagmoen trial

Pre-trial conference Tuesday sees trial proper date pushed back to Dec. 2

Vernon Bantam Vipers blank Penticton

Austin Seibel gets shutout and special teams play key role in Vernon’s 3-0 home-ice win

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra celebrates 60 years with three local shows

The OCO will perform in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon this October

Armstrong Demolition Derby brings the destruction

Hundreds brave the rain to witness the carnage

Vernon Pee Wee Vipers blitz Penticton

Teigan Kelly scores three times as home side rolls to 9-4 minor hockey league victory

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

British couple vacationing in Vancouver, detained in US after ‘accidentally’ crossing border

Parents travelling with three-month-old reportedly being held in Pennsylvania

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

Okanagan restaurant adds Canadian top 50 accolade to their menu

Old Vines Restaurant in West Kelowna was named a top restaurant for a date in 2019

VIDEO: Trudeau, Singh posture for ‘progressive’ votes while Scheer fights in Quebec

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose party has been on the rise in recent polls, is campaigning in Toronto

Inner Peace Movement launched in Vernon

Judy Guido presents talks Tuesday at Holiday Inn Express

Why you may want to skip raking leaves this fall

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) said fallen leaves are vital for native insects and pollinators

Most Read