No charges in fatal crash

No charges are planned in a tragic accident that claimed the life of a six-year-old boy.

Const. Kelly Brett said on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at approximately 11 a.m., RCMP attended a collision on Highway 97A, south of Pleasant Valley cross road in Spallumcheen.

The collision involved a small SUV containing three occupants and a semi-truck with one driver.

The driver of the SUV was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries, while the child died as a result of his injuries.

Brett said the mother was not physically injured in the collision.

All occupants of the SUV were from Calgary, Alta.

The father is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the semi-truck, who is a resident of the United States, sustained no injuries and has been co-operative with investigators.

“This is an incredibly tragic event that occurred and the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Traffic Services are not considering charges against the driver of the tractor-trailer,” said Brett.

“The investigation has shown the collision which claimed the life of this six-year-old boy, was a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this very difficult time.”

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