Penticton, BC – The Penticton RCMP and other local emergency services responded to a fatal single vehicle crash early Sunday morning, which saw a vehicle leave the Channel Parkway/Hwy and entering the Penticton Channel at the entrance to Skaha Lake.
On Sunday April 23, 2017 at approximately 03:30 the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional RCMP, BC Ambulance Services and Penticton Fire Dept. responded to reports of a 2016 grey GMC pick-up truck had left the road and was submerged at the entrance of Skaha Lake/Penticton Channel.
The driver and lone occupant was pulled from the subemerged vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. An extended search of the water and area was completed by the Penticton Fire Dept watercraft rescue unit and technicians with the Penticton Search and Rescue Team. To date it has been determined that the 35 year old Penticton man was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
On attendance, it was determined that the truck had been southbound on the Hwy 97 Channel Parkway and had failed to slow to make a right turn at the South end of the parkway T intersection. The truck crashed through the south side bridge barriers at the east end of the bridge.
The Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional RCMP Detachment and BC Coroners Service are continuing their investigation into the man’s death and the collision.