One dead, arrested for impaired driving, in side-by-side rollover on Spion Kop trail system Saturday morning – Kelowna News

UPDATE: 5:07 p.m.

Lake Country RCMP are investigating a fatal all-terrain vehicle (UTV) accident early in the morning after police arrived on the scene to find one person dead and another slightly injured.

Officers were called to the area to a report of a UTV rollover on Spion Kop Mountain in the Summit Trail area Saturday at 4:15 a.m.

RCMP said when officers arrived at the scene, they located the UTV and discovered that one of the passengers, a 34-year-old man, had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, who police say is also a 34-year-old man, was arrested at the scene for impaired driving causing death and was taken to hospital by EHS with minor injuries.

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

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family at this difficult time,” the RCMP said in its news release.

The investigation is ongoing and police say the driver may face charges related to his arrest.

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

Due to the privacy of the deceased, neither the RCMP nor the Coroners Service have further details to share at this time.


UPDATE: 1:10 p.m.

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

Duane Tresnich, search manager with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, said the two people were riding in the same Polaris RZR sometime before 5 a.m. when the vehicle overturned.

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

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

Locals reported that a helicopter appeared to lift the side-by-side from the scene around noon on Saturday.


ORIGINAL: 11:25 a.m.

Reportedly the trail system from Spion Kop to Lake Country is closed on Saturday mornings.

A witness told Castanet that many emergency vehicles were seen in the area Saturday morning and no one is allowed on the mountain because trail access has been closed by the RCMP.

Castanet will have more information as it becomes available.

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