UPDATED, 1 P.M. JUNE 30:
The B.C. Coroners Service has identified James Tyler Folden, 23, of Lumby, and Trinity James Dale Bright, 24, originally from Cherryville but living in the Canmore, Alta. area, as the men killed in the Vernon accident Sunday.
The B.C. Coroners Service identified Folden as the driver of the dirtbike and Bright the passenger.
Alcohol and no helmets are believed to be contributing factors in the deaths of two Vernon area men in a dirtbike incident Sunday.
Vernon RCMP received a call from a resident of East Vernon Road at 6:30 a.m. Sunday about a collision.
“Our officers attended and located two deceased men at the scene,” said Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy. “The dirtbike was travelling northbound on East Vernon Road, left the roadway and collided with a parked utility trailer on private property.”
The two men killed were aged 23 and 24. Their names have not been released.
“It does not appear they were wearing helmets and alcohol is believed to be a factor,” said Noseworthy.
The matter is being investigated by RCMP and the coroner’s office.
Noseworthy said that while police were alerted to the crash at 6:30 a.m., the police investigation is showing the accident likely happened an hour or two before.
“There were no witnesses to the crash but we are trying to speak to witnesses and trace back what they were doing that night,” said Noseworthy. “We’re trying to track down who they were with, when they left and who saw them last.”