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Teen remembered as strong, beautiful

The young woman who died in a fiery car accident south of Oliver Wednesday night was remembered as strong and beautiful.

The remembrance was among the outpourings of support on the Facebook page of a family member of Marissa Mae Louie.

Louie, a 19- year -old member of the Osoyoos Indian Band, was travelling southbound on Highway 97 in a pick up truck around 6 p.m. Wednesday night when the vehicle went off the highway and struck a utility pole.

The subsequent crash caused the vehicle to catch on fire, and Louie was extricated by people who attended the scene, according to Cpl. Bryce Petersen with South Okanagan Traffic Services.

She was taken to South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver but was deceased upon arrival.

Family members, who were too distraught to comment publicly, were comforted by the social development worker for the Osoyoos Indian Band on Thursday. 

A neighbour, who lives next door to the vineyard where the truck ended up, said he was sitting in his home when he heard a bang, bang sound. When he looked out his window he saw a fire had started.

He asked his wife to call 911, and firefighters, the police and an ambulance arrived on the scene, he said.

Residents were also left without power, and the highway was shut down after the accident. The neighbour said his power came back on around midnight.

On Thursday, FortisBC crews worked at the scene, where someone had left a bouquet of orange flowers. Traffic was slowed at the location on the highway between Road 14 and 15.



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