Victim identified in downtown Vernon MVA

Erin Rae Smith, 33, of Kelowna, died when her Pontiac car was struck by a Chevrolet van Thursday

Morning Star Staff

The victim in a fatal Vernon motor vehicle accident has been identified.

Erin Rae Smith, 33, of Kelowna, died when her Pontiac car was struck by a Chevrolet van Thursday at about 1:15 a.m. at 30th Avenue and 32nd Street.

“Her passenger remains in Kelowna General Hospital in stable condition and is recovering from her injuries,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

The 37-year-old Vernon driver of the van has been released from custody, while officers continue to investigate the case for consideration of criminal charges by Crown Counsel.

Police have indicated that alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

The RCMP are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call the Vernon detachment.