Second road fatality this month claims life of Radium woman

Dodge Dakota lost control and crossed the centre line, hitting northbound Chevy Silverado.

A second road fatality Wednesday morning has taken the life of a 63-year-old Radium woman near Invermere.

The accident occurred three kilometres north of Invermere at 9 a.m. Wednesday when a southbound Dodge Dakota driven by the woman lost control and crossed the centre line. It slammed head-on into a northbound Chevy Silverado. The passengers in that vehicle, a 27-year-old woman and her three-year-old son, were taken to hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

The 64-year-old woman was pronounced dead on the scene. The Columbia Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services responded to the incident. Cpl. Shane Parker of EK Traffic Services said the collision is still under investigation but preliminary findings are that speeding in relation to road conditions were a factor in the crash.

Cpl. Chris Newel of the Cranbrook/Kimberley detachment urged drivers last week to slow down and drive to road conditions.

“Police would like to remind motorists to drive for the conditions. Please do not take unnecessary risks,” he said. “Your family will appreciate you getting home safely.”

Last week a 52-year-old Creston woman was killed in a crash near Cranbrook.