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Mourning family speaks

The family that lost their mother in a fatal car crash Saturday morning is speaking out to try and remind people to be careful on the road.

Former substitute teacher Eva Mason, 63, was killed in a possible distracted driving incident on Highway 97 Saturday morning. 

Her husband of 42 years Doug Mason was also in the vehicle and remains at Kelowna General Hospital with serious injuries, but in stable condition.

Kevin Cheale is the son-in-law of the Masons and said they had just come to the end of their vacation when the incident occurred.

"[They] were just leaving Kelowna after spending the last six weeks visiting and looking after her five grand children, ages ranging from eight-and-a-half months to our oldest of 14 years," said Cheale.

"My spouse is just devastated and my kids are confused. They would have all benefited greatly with an ongoing relationship with their Yai Yai (Greek for grandmother) for years to come. I don't know how we will get through this senseless, unnecessary tragedy which from what I understand, could have been prevented."

Eva and Doug were preparing to buy their plane tickets to New Zealand to see their son Stephen get married in January. 

"People need to know that Doug is still fighting and will hopefully pull through. Most importantly, maybe people will not be in such a rush, pay attention to the road, especially when on the highway, and realize how a simple distraction can affect an entire family," said Cheale.

Cheale said he thinks increased penalties associated with distracted driving are long overdue and wonders if incidents such as this will make people "smarten up."

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