FIRST AVENUE CRASH – Third victim succumbs to injuries in hospital

A third victim in the Nov. 3 hit-and-run collision at First Avenue and Battle Street died in hospital Tuesday night (Nov. 12, 2019).

The crash came when a pick-up truck sped a stop sign and hit a car travelling on 1st Avenue.

RCMP say the driver of the pick-up truck fled the area before emergency services arrived.  Two of the four occupants of the car died at the scene and a third was taken to Royal Inland Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

That victim, a man in his 30’s, died last night.

Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit has identified the alleged driver of the truck and the investigation is progressing.

Police have refused to release any names in connection with the accident.

“We would like to thank the media and the public for assisting us in identifying a witness who was on First Avenue that night,” said Cpl. Jodie Shelkie.

“The police have since spoken with this individual.  We are now looking for an unidentified female who assisted in first aid at the scene.”

Shelkie described the woman as wearing a long white coat with black geometric designs on it. Police are asking anyone who provided first aid at the scene and has not yet spoken with RCMP to contact them at 250-828-3000.

Once all witnesses have been interviewed and all forensic evidence has been processed, police will forward all information to the B.C. Prosecution Service who will determine what, if any, charges, are laid.

The B.C. Coroners Service is also conducting separate fact-finding investigations into the three deaths.

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