Oct 19, 2012 / 12:48 pm
Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition at Kelowna General Hospital after the truck they were driving in lost control and rolled over numerous times on Princeton Avenue in Peachland Thursday night.
The driver of the truck, 20-year-old Mike Baxter, and 17-year-old passenger Delanie Smith were pronounced dead at the scene.
The two other passengers suffered serious injuries in the roll-over.
A 19-year-old man from Peachland is reported to be in serious condition while a 16-year-old West Kelowna girl is reported to be critical.
Friends and classmates have begun an impromptu memorial at the scene of the crash and tributes to the pair have been pouring in on Facebook since news of the tragedy broke.
S.V. writes: "Woke up this morning to one of the worst texts I have ever received. You are so loved and greatly missed."
K.M. says: "I honestly hope you guys rest in paradise. My prayers are with you guys."
From A.R.: "Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understandings with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints in our heart and we are never the same."
From S.C.: "Best friends since we were all babies. I can't believe this, my heart is breaking."
A.B. writes: "I love you both...your both in a much better place. RIP"
Emergency crews were called out at 10:53 p.m.
RCMP Sgt. Brian Nightingale says the 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck was travelling west on Princeton Avenue at the time of the crash.
Nightingale says it appears the truck came off the curve, spun in a counterclockwise rotation and rolled two or three times before it landed upside down.
He says speed relative to conditions may have been a factor.
"It is a gravel road and you have a lot of washboarding. When you are coming off a curve you have a lateral acceleration you need to be able to deal with. He wasn't able to do that and he started to rotate," says Nightingale.
Cst. Kris Clark reports that investigators have now learned that no one was wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash and that two of them were thrown from the vehicle.
In a strange twist of fate Mike Baxter was close friends with West Kelowna teen Ashley Hyatt, who was stabbed to death following a house party in Peachland in June 2010.
Baxter also remained close to the Hyatt family after her tragic death.
Read more Central Okanagan articles
City of Kelowna
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Central Okanagan Regional District
District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
School District 23
- Slow weekend for forest fires May 20
- World of Wheels photo gallery May 19
- World of Wheels 2013 this Sunday May 16
- Road safety week speeders catch fines May 14
- Fire halls agree to share in emergencies May 11