Saturday, February 28th-0.4°C

Crash killed Enderby woman not fire

The BC Coroner has determined the accident itself killed a grandmother last summer before her vehicle burst into flames.

The coroner has now determined that 49-year-old Peggy (Margaret) Irene Ann Armstrong died before the fire and therefore the rescuers could not have changed the outcome if they had been able to pull her from the car.

Coroner Andrew Cave found that Armstrong died of multiple traumatic injuries sustained in the car crash.

Rescuers were able to pull Armstrong's 2-year-old grandson to safety before the van ignited, leaving him with only minor injuries.

Ms. Armstrong was the driver of a minivan that was in a head-on collision with a semi-trailer on Highway 97A south of Enderby at about 4 p.m. on July 17.

According to RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk witnesses told RCMP they observed the minivan weaving on the road and crossing the center line.

The coroner was unable to determine any cause for this driving behaviour as road conditions were all favourable at the time. The van was too far destroyed by the fire and could not be examined.

The Coroner ruled the death accidental and made no recommendations.


Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.

Read more Vernon News


Recent Trending



Castanet pays for news tips. Email us a news tip, photo, or video and your name will be in a draw for our weekly news tip prize $25. Email us [email protected]


Vernon SPCA Featured Pet

Jaxsen Vernon SPCA >


North Okanagan Quick Links City of Vernon
Vernon Discussion Forum
District of Coldstream
Village of Lumby
City of Armstrong
City of Enderby
District of Sicamous
Interior Health
Okanagan Regional Library

Member of BC Press Council