82-year-old killed in Coquihalla Highway crash
MERRITT, B.C. – Heavy rainfall mixed with snow may have caused a Honda Civic to go out of control on the Coquihalla Highway 24 kilometres south of Merritt killing an elderly passenger.
The northbound Honda with three adult occupants from the same family lost control, hit the center cement median, then crossed over both northbound lanes and rolled into the northbound ditch, police said.
“All three occupants were transported to hospital, two by B.C. Ambulance to Nicola Valley Health Center and one by Air Ambulance to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops,” said Cpl. Mike Pears
“The 82-year-old male passenger that was in the rear seat passed away at the Nicola Valley Health Center in Merritt a few hours after the collision. The identification of the deceased male cannot be released at this time, pending next of kin notification,” he said.
Accident experts continue to look at the cause of the crash.
“A number of weather systems traveled through the Merritt area at the time of the collision. In the area of the collision there was heavy rainfall mixed with snow,” said Pears
“The RCMP wish to remind motorists to expect any type of weather and road conditions when traveling over the three phases of the Coquihalla highway,” he said.
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