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Vancouver Car Crash Lawyer Reports on Enderby Wreck That Killed a Mom

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Aug 17, 2013

Our Vancouver car accident attorneys were distressed to learn of the passing of a 49-year-old woman (and mother) from

Enderby, who died in a fiery accident north of Vernon on Highway 97A.

According to Gord Molendyk, a spokesperson for the RCMP, it happened late in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Witnesses saw the woman’s Chevrolet Astro van swerving around highway, almost hitting a motorcycle before it smashed into a truck coming in the opposite lane. The police speculated that the woman might have had a medical episode—such as a stroke—that caused her to lose control of her vehicle.

The force of the crash flung the van off the road into a field. A Good Samaritan ran to the burning vehicle and pulled the woman’s 2-year-old child from the wreckage. Miraculously, the child escaped virtually unharmed, protected by his car seat. The truck driver, a 36-year-old man from Peachland, broke both wrists during the impact. Police believe that he had no time to react to the van's maneuver.

Meanwhile, just days before, two men in their early 20s died when their truck crashed near Campbell River. Local RCMP said that neither of the young man had been wearing a seat belt. Police found their overturned Chevy pickup truck on the side of Nursery Road. Investigators suspect that speed and alcohol may have contributed to the crash.

The Vancouver car accident attorneys at McComb Witten send sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims in these tragedies.

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