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Hit at high speed

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m.

A Kelowna woman is in significant pain after a driver smashed into her vehicle and fled the scene on Highway 97 Monday.

The 42-year-old woman and her 10-year-old stepdaughter were hit on the driver side of the vehicle by a man travelling full speed, northbound on the highway, at about 1:45 p.m.

“She doesn’t have a clear recollection of it,” said her boyfriend. "She remembers the crunch, she remembers slow motion spiralling around.”

Witnesses came rushing toward the vehicle and said the man driving had fled the scene.

The 10-year-old quickly borrowed a witness’ cellphone to call her grandparents. She told the witnesses and emergency crews that her stepmom had osteoporosis.

“That was everyone’s concern right away,” the woman's boyfriend said.

The family is waiting for an MRI to be conducted on the woman.

“She was seriously injured, her head, neck, legs,” he said. “She is in significant pain and she is on a lot of medication”

Police told the family the man responsible, an 80-year-old man, has been apprehended.

- with files from Alanna Kelly


ORIGINAL: 1:40 p.m.

Police are looking for witnesses of a hit-and-run collision on Highway 97 Monday afternoon that left a woman with serious injuries.

A brown GMC Jimmy reportedly drove northbound through a red light at Banks Road at about 1:45 p.m., T-boning a blue Jeep Cherokee.

The woman driving the Jeep suffered serious injuries and the young female passenger was also injured. Both were taken to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the GMC left the scene of the incident, northbound on Highway 97.

“The front licence plate of the suspect vehicle was, however, found at the scene and therefore officers were able to track down the driver and his vehicle at his residence,” said Const. Lesley Smith of the Kelowna RCMP.

“An 80-year-old male was identified as the driver and it was apparent to officers that he was suffering from a medical episode and he was transported to the Kelowna General Hospital for a medical assessment.”

Police have asked anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dashcam footage of the crash to call Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.



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