Kelowna man dies in Fraser River crash

Two men have died after a car plummeted into the Fraser River Christmas morning, including a man from Kelowna.

CTVBC reports that on Christmas Eve, a vehicle crashed through a chain barrier and plummeted into the Fraser River from the base of Gilbert Road.

Rescuers recovered two bodies from the car a short time later. Police say speed and alcohol may have been possible factors in the crash.

A small memorial of flowers and pictures is growing at the site of the accident.

Police have not released the names of the victims, however, a friend of one of the victims told Castanet that Kelowna resident Jeff Ogden, and his best friend John Hill, were the two men in the vehicle.

Ogden, who grew up in Richmond, B.C., was visiting family for Christmas. He was 26 years old and reportedly worked at Rutland Auto Glass.

"They say the good die young, and in this case, that is entirely true," says the friend in an email. "Jeff was an amazing person, in so many ways. He would light up the room as soon as he walked in. We will miss him so much."

John Hill was a resident of Richmond, B.C.

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