Clinton RCMP continue to probe fatal collision after pulling a stolen truck from bottom of 6-Mile Lake


2021-07-28 09:29 PDT

File # 2021-465

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate the full circumstances surrounding a single vehicle collision that sadly claimed a woman’s life Sunday morning south of Clinton BC.

On July 25, 2021 shortly after 11:30 a.m., Clinton RCMP was called upon by the BC Emergency Health Services crews who were responding to a report that a passenger vehicle had veered off Highway 97 and was sinking in 6-Mile Lake. Front line officers arrived on scene to find bystanders performing CPR on an unresponsive adult woman, who was reportedly an occupant of the motor vehicle, which had already slipped beneath the water’s surface.

Despite the tireless actions by all those involved in the resuscitation efforts of the woman in her early 30’s, which lasted over 45 minutes, she was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency medical personnel, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP.

The BC Coroners Service was notified by the RCMP, attended the crash site and initiated its own concurrent investigation into the woman’s unexpected death. Although a full determination has yet to be made, police do not believe at this juncture of the investigation, that criminality was involved in the woman’s death, said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

A second occupant of that vehicle, who survived of the crash, has been identified as a man also in his 30’s. He was transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services as a precaution.

On July 27, 2021 the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team deployed to the region. Divers located the wreckage of the red pickup truck approximately 33-feet below the water’s surface. With the assistance of a towing company police pulled the vehicle from 6-Mile Lake.

Our investigators have since determined that the red 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck pulled from 6-Mile Lake had been reported to Ashcroft RCMP as stolen from Cache Creek BC back on July 21, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

If you witnessed this crash, you observed the pickup truck prior to the incident, or you have any additional information that may aid in the investigation you are asked to call the Clinton RCMP at 250-459-2221.

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Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
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