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Woman flees moving SUV

UPDATE FRIDAY JUNE 27 9:40 A.M. - RCMP have released more information concerning Thursday's bizarre incident on Highway 33 in which a woman jumped from a moving vehicle.

Police say they are now looking for a man who allegedly stole the woman's truck after she jumped.

Kelowna RCMP responded to 911 calls to assist the woman who had jumped from a moving truck on Highway 33 near Black Mountain Road. The 32-year-old Kelowna woman alleged she had consented to allow a 47-year-old man from Grand Forks to drive her truck, from a residence, to drop himself off in Kelowna, while she was a passenger. Instead, the man drove towards Grand Forks despite her protest. She crawled out of the passenger window while the truck was travelling about 30 km/h on the highway. She sustained bruises and scrapes which did not require medical attention.
Police are looking for her stolen 2005 blue Chevrolet Blazer with BC licence plate 678RFN.
The suspect's name is being withheld until a warrant is approved.
The investigation into the matter is continuing.

An unidentified woman was bloodied and shaken after apparently throwing herself from a moving vehicle on Highway 33 near Gallagher Road Thursday morning.

The incident occurred sometime around 10 a.m.

According to witnesses that wish to remain anonymous, a male and female were arguing and yelling as they tried to leave the ESSO gas station in the area.

The vehicle initially stalled coming out of the station before finally re-firing and the couple headed down the highway towards Big White.

Witnesses say a tussle ensued between the couple, as both apparently tried to gain control of the steering wheel.

"They were kind of swerving. At the lights she threw something out of the vehicle. She was trying to climb out of the vehicle at the red light.

The vehicle kept going. There was an empty logging truck and we saw him hit the brakes past the lights. A budget truck instantly came to a stop."

At that point, witnesses called 911.

"Later on we found out she had jumped out . . . in front of the Budget truck and the logging truck."

The vehicle, described as a dark blue GMC Jimmy, kept going east on Highway 33.

Witnesses says it must have been going 50km/h or 60 km/h when the woman jumped.

The woman was treated by BC Ambulance paramedics at the scene.

-Files from Ragnar Haagen


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