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Man charged after vehicle crashes through Kelowna homeless encampment

Charges in tent city crash

Madison Erhardt

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.

Residents of tent city along Kelowna's Rail Trail say tensions are high after Sunday’s incident.

“For a guy to be dragged that far there must have been a lot of hate or hatred towards that or us or this as an entity,” one resident of the encampment said Monday morning.

Tyler Grant Manchur, born 1992, has been charged with one count of impaired driving causing bodily harm and one count of driving while prohibited, according to court documents.

Community advocate Heather Friesen says Sunday’s incident highlights the importance of the need for housing,

“I see even more fear to be unhoused now in the Kelowna population. I see more trauma and I see it having a massive ripple effect with the people who do the work to support the people who are unhoused because I am already getting messages.”

The man who was dragged by the truck for about 100 feet while inside his tent is expected to survive his serious injuries.

“There has been people targetted. People have been beat up and civilians arrests and I understand there is a lot of theft going on, but that is just life,” the tent city member added.

“We need every single politician in this city whether you are federal, provincial or municipal to start using your platforms to speak out for vulnerable people because this is unacceptable,” Friesen added.


UPDATE 1:50 p.m.

Charges have been approved in relation to an incident at Kelowna’s Rail Trail homeless encampment on Saturday night.

Tyler Grant Manchur, born 1992, has been charged with one count of impaired driving causing bodily harm and one count of driving while prohibited, according to court documents.

His Facebook page says he resides in Kelowna but is originally from Alberta. The truck involved in the incident was bearing Alberta plates.

He is scheduled for a bail hearing today.

Police declined to comment on the matter pending the hearing.

The man who was dragged by the truck for about 100 feet while inside his tent is expected to survive his serious injuries.


ORIGINAL 10:25 a.m.

The driver of a truck who drove through the homeless encampment on Kelowna's Rail Trail has not yet been charged, police said Monday morning.

Just after midnight on Saturday night, a black Dodge Ram drove through the city-sanctioned encampment, struck a tent and dragged it more than 100 feet along the Rail Trail before coming to a stop.

A man inside the tent survived, but he was taken to the hospital with significant injuries, according to police.

"It is still under investigation. Our general investigations service are leading the investigation along with traffic," said Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Const. Mike Della-Paolera on Monday morning.

Police say residents of the encampment made sure the driver of truck remained at the scene until officers arrived.

Della-Paolera says there are a number of difficulties involved in the investigation.

"The challenge is two-fold. We have very transient people that we have to track down and then we have transient people who were witnesses that are not necessarily police friendly so we have to navigate through that. It is an on-going investigation."

Insp. Beth McAndie of the Kelowna RCMP said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the incident and the driver of the truck was arrested at the scene.

In a previous press release Sunday, police used the term "accident," but there was no mention as to whether police believe the driver of the truck purposely drove through the encampment.

Della-Paolera confirmed Monday the term "accident" was used in error.

"It is an investigation of a motor-vehicle incident. All our investigations are of motor-vehicle collisions. It was a collision that occurred and that is how we phrase it. We don't use the word accident normally," he said.

Police have asked anyone who witnessed the crash to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



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