Separate crashes claim lives on rural roads

Motor vehicle accidents occurred on Whitevale and Enderby-Grindrod roads

The B.C. coroners service is investigating two separate fatal North Okanagan motor vehicle accidents Sunday.

The first happened just before 2:30 a.m. near Lumby, where RCMP, Lumby Fire and Rescue, emergency services personnel and an RCMP accident reconstructionist received a report of a single vehicle rollover in the 1000 block of Whitevale Road.

The vehicle, a Ford F350 truck, was located overturned on the roadway.

“The driver of the vehicle had been ejected; the passenger escaped from the vehicle and began CPR on the driver,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Gerry Kovacs Monday.

The vehicle, Kovacs said, was occupied by two Lumby brothers, 25 and 23.

The driver, the 25-year-old, died of his injuries at the scene.

Kovacs said there is some indication the truck left the roadway for a bit, contacting the roadside ditch and ended up back on the road.

He also said the brothers had received a call to “come over and help some friends out with a vehicle.”

“We don’t know what was happening before that,” said Kovacs.

RCMP will assist the coroner in this investigation.

Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the accident or the vehicle prior to the crash, to contact Lumby RCMP at 250-547-2151.

Later, at around 10:30 a.m., another RCMP accident reconstructionist was called, along with emergency personnel, to a report of a two-vehicle accident in the 800 block of Enderby-Grindrod Road.

Kovacs said a northbound motorcycle driven by a 64-year-old Enderby resident had struck a southbound F350 pickup head-on.

The driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.

“It is our understanding the man was relatively new to driving a motorcycle,” said Kovacs.

The four people in the truck reported no injuries.

Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the vehicles prior to the crash, to contact Enderby RCMP at 250-838-6818.

Both investigations are still in the preliminary stages and no names have been released.

Two fatal accidents in one day in the local detachment area is extremely rare.

“Words can’t describe it,” said Kovacs. “They’re both sad stories. Having two in one day is a significant blow and it’s a significant strain on our resources. Police, emergency, in two jurisdictions, up through the night, get some sleep and get another call out.”