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Merritt Mounties are asking for additional witnesses to come forward as it continues its investigation into a rollover collision along the Highway 5A South near Merritt.

On July 1, 2020, shortly before 4 p.m., RCMP was called upon to assist BC Emergency Health Services who were responding to a report of a rollover collision involving a high-performance sports car along Highway 5 A near the summit of Larson Hill outside of Merritt.

Early findings suggest that the green 2015 McLaren 650S was northbound along the highway when the driver suddenly lost control, made contact with the rear of a commercial transport vehicle, spun out, and rolled multiple times into the centre median of the roadway.

Police have determined that the driver, and apparent sole occupant, climbed out of the wreckage under his own strength, and was immediately provided assistance by other passing motorists. One of those bystanders transported the driver from the scene to hospital for medical assessment and treatment.

RCMP would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the crash or may have stopped at the scene and had an interaction with the driver, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. Efforts remain underway to identify the commercial vehicle involved in the crash, as investigators ask that driver to come forward with their information.

The driver, a Central Okanagan man in his 40’s, sustained what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Police were told that the driver experienced hydroplaning conditions prior to the crash.

Merritt RCMP maintains conduct over the ongoing collision investigation. If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.


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