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Friday, October 07, 2022

One killed, one arrested for impaired operation in side-by-side rollover on the Spion Cope Trail Network on Saturday morning – Kelowna News

Update: 5:07 pm

A fatal utility terrain vehicle (UTV) accident is being investigated by the Lake Country RCMP in the early hours when police arrived on the scene and found one person dead and another with minor injuries.

Officers were called to the area on Saturday at 4:15 a.m. to report a UTV roll-over on Spien Cope Mountain, in the area of ​​the Summit Trail.

The RCMP said that when officers reached the spot, they traced the UTV and found that one of the passengers, a 34-year-old man, had died and was declared dead on the spot.

The driver, whom police said was also a 34-year-old man, was arrested on the spot due to poor operation, which led to his death and was taken to hospital by EHS with minor injuries.

The Lake Country Fire Department, BC Ambulance Service, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) and Kelowna RCMP Forensic Identification Services assisted in the investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the bereaved family at this difficult time,” the RCMP said in its press release.

The investigation is ongoing and police said that the driver may have been charged with his arrest.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting its own parallel investigation into the death.

Due to the confidentiality of the deceased, neither the RCMP nor the Coroner’s Service have any further details to share at this time.


Update: 1:10 pm

One person died and another is being treated at Kelowna General Hospital after a side-by-side rollover on the Spion Cope Trail system early Saturday.

Duane Tresnich, search manager for Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, said the two men were in the same Polaris RZR shortly before 5 a.m. when the vehicle overturned.

One person died on the spot, while the other suffered a head injury and was taken to KGH.

As a result, the Spian Kop trails were closed on Saturday morning, as emergency workers removed the body and vehicle from the scene. It is believed that now the road has been reopened.

Residents of the area said that around Saturday afternoon, a helicopter was picking up from the spot.


Origin: 11:25 am

There are reports that the trail network at Spien Cope in the Lake Country is closed on Saturday mornings.

An eyewitness told Castanet that several emergency vehicles were seen in the area on Saturday morning and no one is being allowed to go up the mountain, as access to the trails has been closed by the RCMP.

Castanet will have more information as it becomes available.

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