Friday August 22, 2014

Kamloops driver dies in rollover on Coquihalla

(Story updated with name of deceased)

A 44-year-old Kamloops man died Sunday afternoon when the SUV he was driving southbound rolled on the Coquihalla Highway at the Falls Lake exit near Coquihalla Lakes.

He was identified Tuesday by the coroner as Stephen Francis Kulinski, 44.

Kulinski lost control on icy roads, careered off to the right, struck a snow bank and hit a light standard, RCMP said. The vehicle's roof was crushed.

He was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

A 38-year-old passenger, the man's wife, was extricated by an off-duty firefighter from the Lower Mainland, an off-duty police officer and a paramedic. Her injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

"Drivers are reminded to watch their speed and closely observe road conditions at this time of year, especially when driving in the mountain passes," said Sgt. Peter Thiessen of the Lower Mainland District RCMP.

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