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Oak Bay woman killed in B.C. Interior car crash

Dec 29 2011

A woman from Oak Bay died and her teenage daughter was in hospital after a crash in the Fraser Canyon Wednesday.

The pair were driving south on Highway 1, about five kilometres north of Spences Bridge, when the driver of an oncoming Chevrolet Tracker lost control and hit their vehicle at 10:09 a.m., Lytton RCMP said in a statement.

The woman, 55, died at the scene. Her 17-year-old daughter was taken to Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Their identities were not disclosed, as police were trying to notify their family.

The Tracker driver, an 18-year-old man from Fort Langley, was airlifted to Royal Inland Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries.

In a separate incident, Saltspring Island RCMP are looking for a driver whose truck smashed into two cars then drove off, leaving a woman with serious injuries.

Judy Norget, a resident of Saltspring, said her daughter, Kristi Norget, 48, and her nine-year-old granddaughter, Adaeze, had to be cut out of the wreckage of their car by firefighters after it was hit by the speeding truck at the Central intersection.

Kristi suffered a broken left arm, broken ribs and a punctured lung. She had surgery Wednesday after three days waiting in Victoria General Hospital, Judy said. Adaeze escaped with only abrasions from her seatbelt.

The crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. Monday. Kristi and Adaeze, in a Toyota Tercel, were stopped at the two-way stop on Vesuvius Bay Road, when the truck came up North End Road and hit their driver's side. The impact sent the Toyota into a Volkswagen that had also stopped.

"It was a substantial hit both to the Tercel and the Volkswagen," said Saltspring Island RCMP Sgt. George Jenkins.

The driver of the truck backed up, made a U-turn and sped off.

RCMP collected parts of the truck, which suggested it was a dark-coloured, older model pickup, Jenkins said. Police believe speed and alcohol are factors.

Kristi and Adaeze live in Montreal, but were on Saltspring visiting family for the holidays.

Anyone with information on the crash should call Saltspring Island RCMP at 250-537-5555.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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