Another lawsuit filed over crash into washout

2nd suit over chasm crash

A second lawsuit has been filed in relation to a crash last year that saw two women plunge into a chasm cut by a washout through the Summerland - Princeton Road. 

Kaylin Desjarlais was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu late on April 16, 2018 when she crashed into a large washout. The gravel roadway was impacted by one of several landslides and washouts across the Okanagan due to heavy rain that day. The washout saw the road closed for two days.

Desjarlais is alleging Argo Road Maintenance was negligent in failing to properly maintain the roadway. She says the crash has resulted in neck, shoulder, knee and hand injuries as well as PTSD and sleep disturbances. 

For that, she seeks damages for pain and suffering and loss of past and future income.

The passenger in the vehicle, Jessica Zorn, filed her own lawsuit over the crash earlier this year that also named Desjarlais and the Ministry of Transportation as defendants.

A photo of the washout posted by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen shows the end of a car barely visible, within the chasm.

Argo Road Maintenance has since been replaced as the region’s roads operator.

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