Police ID Jamieson Creek crash victim

A woman killed last week in a car crash at Jamieson Creek would have turned 22 on Wednesday, authorities say.

Regional coroner Mark Coleman said Sarah Little, 21, of Kamloops died Friday when the vehicle she was travelling in went off Jamieson Creek Forest Service Road into the creek.

An autopsy is complete but a toxicology test has yet to be ordered because RCMP haven't determined if Little or the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier's other occupant was behind the wheel.

The accident was reported to emergency responders at about 5:24 a.m. Friday. Rescue crews found the vehicle on its side and partially submerged in the fast flowing water.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said Tuesday a 26-year-old man who had recently moved to Kamloops from Alberta escaped the vehicle with minor injuries.

Learned said the man tried unsuccessfully to find Little, crawling up and down the bank and walking several kilometres to the nearest house where he told residents what happened. A 911 phone call was made.

Little was pinned under the water during the crash and died at the scene, he said. An RCMP dive team determined the Chevrolet couldn't be safely removed because of the swift moving water. Police will return to the scene at a later date to decide if the Cavalier can be brought to dry land.

Investigators believe alcohol was a precipitating factor in the accident, which is under investigation, said Learned.

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