Police say alcohol appears to have been a factor in a serious crash in Kelowna that has left a woman in critical condition.
A vehicle (Chevrolet Avalanche) hit a traffic light standard at Harvey Avenue and Banks Road around 2:13 am Monday, and a female passenger had to be extricated by fire crews.
“The extent of the intrusion of damage into the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle was so significant, that the civilian motorists who were first on scene were unable to observe a severely injured female, in the rear passenger compartment,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP. “Emergency crews were required to extricate the female who was rushed to hospital in critical condition.”
The 26 year old male driver suffered relatively minor injuries, but it’s alleged he was intoxicated by alcohol.
“General duty investigators were able to detect signs and symptoms that led them to suspect that the driver’s ability to operate the vehicle was affected by alcohol. As a result, the driver was provided with a demand and subsequently failed a test performed using a roadside screening device. The driver was then provided with an additional demand and transported to the local detachment, where he provided samples of his breath in excess of the legal limit,” adds O’Donaghey.
The female passenger is in a medically induced coma in intensive care, and her injuries are considered life threatening.