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Pickup driver in fatal Kamloops crash was speeding, blew through stop sign: RCMP

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The accident scene. (via Brendan Kergin)

Kamloops RCMP say they have identified the alleged driver of the blue pickup involved in Sunday morning's accident that left two people dead.

The truck, which was travelling at a high rate of speed, according to a police press release, failed to stop for a stop sign and hit a red sedan, which was driving on First Avenue.

The crash happened at 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 3 (at First and Battle streets), and killed two people in the red sedan. Two other people in the car were injured, one critically. All four were international students or alumni from Thompson Rivers University.

The pickup was left at the scene of the crash as it was undrivable. The driver fled the scene on foot before police arrived.

Later on Sunday, police arrested the owner of the pickup, but released him later that day with no charges. They also searched a house on Fernie Place, in relation to the crash.

Police are still looking for witnesses to the crash. 

There is one person, in particular, they're seeking: a woman who wasn't involved in the collision, but who was at the scene before emergency services arrived.

"If this is you, or you know who this person is, please contact the Kamloops RCMP. We are interested in speaking with everyone who was present at the collision before emergency crews arrived," says Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay in the release. "This is a routine step in ensuring that all possible witnesses are spoken to as soon after the event as possible."

The woman is described as 5'7" and 140 to 150 lbs. with brown hair. She was wearing dark clothing and walked away from the scene, down First Avenue.

Pillay adds there are several technical aspects to the investigation which are forensic in nature. 

"All of these lengthy processes must be completed before we can review our evidence or consider recommending charges."

Police are also hoping to collect video from downtown Kamloops and the city's West End neighbourhood from the time of the incident. Drivers with dashcams who were in the city's core or driving in the West End or Guerin Creek areas between 1:30 and 3 a.m. are asked to come forward.

The Kamloops RCMP can be reached at 250-828-3000.

The release states it's unlikely further information will be released until the investigation comes to a close, adding forensic investigation techniques can take months to complete.


Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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