Thursday July 24, 2014





Driver in fatal accident was prohibited

Murray Mitchell

RCMP closed a portion of Victoria Street at Sixth Avenue Wednesday night as they continued their investigation into an accident that killed a pedestrian.

A man who was prohibited from driving was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that hit and killed a 66-year-old woman crossing the street at Sixth and Victoria, Kamloops RCMP said Thursday.

The Kamloops woman was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit at about 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday.

A 62-year-old man who was prohibited from driving under the Motor Vehicle Act was driving a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck north on Sixth Avenue. Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the man has a history of driving while prohibited but was unable to give the reason for the original prohibition.

The driver made a left turn and struck the woman as she proceeded through the crosswalk. There are traffic and pedestrian lights at the intersection.

The vehicle was impounded for a mechanical inspection as part of a police investigation. RCMP analysts are reconstructing the crash. The driver remained at the scene and spoke to officers before being released.

Drugs and alcohol have been eliminated as factors. Police are recommending charges of driving while prohibited and failing to yield to a pedestrian. A decision has yet to be made on criminal charges.

The victim's name will be released at the discretion of the B.C. Coroner's office.

Police are asking witnesses to come forward.





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