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Longboarder killed in crash

UPDATE 4:45 P.M. -

Neighbours on Okanagan Avenue in Vernon are still in shock after a young man died in front of their homes Sunday night.

Several residents tell Castanet that the entire area was blocked off with tape and investigators were there until 5 a.m. – nearly 6 hours after the accident occurred.

Troy Killingbeck and his wife were home at the time of the accident and were not allowed to leave their home as police tape crossed off the majority of their driveway.

Killingbeck says the young man’s long board and shoes ended up in his driveway and garden and police combed through his front yard looking for other clues for hours.

“I didn’t see what happened but there was a long board stuck in our lawn, bags on the road, shoes in our driveway and broken glass everywhere,” says Killingbeck.

He says there are no skid marks on the road and believes the young man was struck without warning and the driver did not have time to apply the brakes.

Another neighbour who asked to remain anonymous did not see the accident but says it is a dangerous corner.

She says long boarders often come whipping down 39th Street across Okanagan Avenue and don’t slow down, even without helmets on. She is saddened by the accident and says it is another reason she is considering a move

Vernon RCMP are now pleading with witnesses to come forward. The young man has not yet been identified.


A teen died yesterday (Sunday) after he was struck by a car in Vernon.

RCMP say the boy, believed to be in his teens, was riding a longboard around 11:10 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle. He was riding in the area of 39th Street and Okanagan Avenue.

A preliminary investigation has indicated the skateboarder failed to stop for a stop sign when he was hit. It was dark at the time, and police say the driver of the vehicle did not see him until it was too late.

First responders were unable to revive the young man, who succumbed to his injuries at the Vernon Hospital.

The vehicle involved in the crash has been towed for a mechanical inspection and a traffic reconstructionist is currently working with the Coroners Service.

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