Motor vehicle accident claims two lives

Incident occurred early Sunday morning on Highway 6 in Vernon

There are heavy hearts in Grindrod and Enderby after a motor vehicle accident claimed two lives.

Carlee Nora De Boer, 20, of Grindrod, and Paige Alexandra Whitelaw, 20, of Ladysmith, died when a vehicle they were passengers in left Highway 6 in Vernon Sunday.

“It’s really heartbreaking,” said Greg McCune, Enderby mayor.

“There’s not a person in town who won’t be affected.”

De Boer had previously worked for McCune at his business, Sutherland’s Bakery.

“I’ve known their family forever and I hung out with her dad when I was her age,” said McCune.

“She was a popular young lady and was always out in the community.”

Whitelaw was attending college in Kelowna and had become friends with a number of residents from Enderby.

“She has a strong Enderby connection,” said McCune.

Two male passengers in the vehicle are from Enderby.

On Sunday at about 1:27 a.m., Vernon RCMP responded to a collision on Highway at Waddington Drive.

The incident occurred when a white 2013 GMC Sierra pickup truck, with five occupants, was travelling eastbound on Highway 6 and could not make the curve in the road.

“The vehicle hit the shoulder and rolled several times,” said Sgt. Mike Moyer, with the RCMP.

A 21-year-old Armstrong man driving the vehicle is under investigation.

“There is indication that alcohol and speed could have been a contributing factor,” said Moyer.

The investigation into the accident continues and witness are asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171.

The investigation resulted in Highway 6 being closed for nearly four hours Sunday morning.



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