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Kelowna woman struck by impaired driver, lucky to be alive

By Contributor
May 7th, 2014

A 69-year-old Kelowna man faces a number of potential charges as well as impaired driving after a 27-year-old woman was struck by a pickup truck in an intersection (Thursday) May 1.

Shortly before 6 p.m., police came upon a pedestrian collision on Harvey Avenue at Ethel Street.

Apparently, a 27-year-old Kelowna woman was walking southbound across the highway in the crosswalk on the lake side of the intersection when she was struck by an eastbound black Dodge pickup travelling in the High Occupancy Vehicle lane.

The force threw the woman about 40 feet, leaving her shoes nearer the point of impact. The driver of the pickup continued through the red light and was followed by a witness onto Gagnon Place.

A stop sign was struck as well as a couple vehicles before the suspect was blocked in and his ignition keys removed.

Police found the driver exhibiting symptoms of alcohol impairment and commenced an impaired driving investigation.

The 6Kelowna man was taken to the RCMP detachment where he provided breath samples in excess of twice the legal limit.

The woman was rushed to hospital but has since been released and is fortunate to be alive, suffering only relatively minor injuries in the crash.

The driver has since been released for Court at a later date.


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