Driver’s identity released in fatal Falkland accident

Kamloops resident dies in accident between Westwold and Falkland

  • Mar. 18, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Updated story: RCMP have identified the Kamloops woman who died in a two vehicle accident between Falkland and Westwold March 15.

Dina Luisa Salvatore a 37-year-old single mother, was the lone occupant of a Chevy car heading towards Kamloops that collided with a Jeep heading towards Falkland.

“Family members told the investigating officers that she was a student at Thompson Rivers University,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson, of Salvatore.

“The cause of the crash has not been determined yet and police and the coroner’s service will continue to investigate.”

The RCMP’s traffic analyst believes the Chevy may have crossed the centre line and struck the trailer being towed by the Jeep.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen the accident to contact them at 250-545-7171 and ask to speak to the traffic department.

The two Aldergrove residents in the Jeep were not injured during the accident.

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North Okanagan RCMP are investigating the first traffic fatality of 2012.

Police were called to an accident Thursday at 4 p.m. on Highway 97, 4.2 kilometers on the Kamloops side of the highway between Falkland and Westwold.

A Chevy car heading towards Kamloops collided with a Jeep headed towards Falkland. The Kamloops driver in her 30s, and lone occupant of the car, died at the scene. The two occupants of the Jeep from the Aldergrove area were not injured.

“The traffic analyst was called to the scene and early indications are the Chevy crossed the centre line and struck the trailer that was being towed,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The road was bare and dry at the time.

The identity of the driver is being withheld while police attempt to contact next of kin.

Accident witnesses are asked to call the RCMP at 250-545-7171 and speak to traffic investigators.