Bridge crash victim struggled with addiction but was 'down-to-earth,' says friend

'I will never forget Jenny'

A woman killed in a collision on the Overlander Bridge was a recovering heroin addict who recently lost a son to sudden infant death syndrome, a friend said Wednesday.

Jennifer Lynn Munro, 25, of Kamloops, died Tuesday when the stolen Subaru Impreza she was driving collided with a Dodge truck.

Munro was taken to Royal Inland Hospital with a severe head injury and later died. The coroner's service is investigating.

Upset that her friend would be remembered as someone killed behind the wheel of a stolen car, Kimmi Goetjen contacted The Daily News, saying Munro was a loving mother of two sons.

Munro recently lost her infant child to SIDS and was never the same, said Goetjen. Her second child is named Michael.

"A part of her went out when her baby boy passed," she wrote in an email. "I know she's at peace with her son."

Goetjen said her friend overcame much adversity in her life, having struggled with a heroin addiction to graduate in 2009 from the First Steps Program - which offers women aged 14 to 24 academic upgrading toward a graduate diploma. She went on to become a residential care aide.

"I will never forget Jenny, how down-to-earth she was, her kindness and her determination to be successful," said Goetjen, who attended First Steps with Munro.

The Subaru was stolen from the 500 block of First Avenue at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. RCMP were dispatched to a collision at the south end of the Overlander Bridge 10 minutes later.

Police said the first constables to arrive were unaware the Subaru involved in the crash was the one reported stolen.

It was the first fatal collision on the bridge since 2008. But City traffic and transportation engineer Chris Darwent said accidents do happen.

"There's quite a bit of (traffic) volume so, when you have quite a bit of volume, people are unfortunately going to run into each other," said Darwent.

He said there haven't been enough accidents to warrant upgrades to the corner where Tuesday's collision occurred. However, the City will act if a police and coroner's investigation recommends the road be made safer.

City risk manager Terry Pile said a major upgrade would require that a barrier be erected between north and southbound traffic and the corner widened to maintain the size of the lanes.

There haven't been enough accidents in the area to start a conversation about making the corner safer, said Pile. Nor does the bridge raise alarm bells with the Insurance Corporation of B.C.

Spokeswoman Ingrid Brakop said there are crashes on the Overlander, but none beyond what occur on a typically busy roadway.

jhewlett@kamloopsnews.ca

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