Extensive damage to North Shore apartment after car smashes into building

By Doug Collins
September 17, 2017 - 7:30am Updated: September 18, 2017 - 5:15am

KAMLOOPS — UPDATE — One person is in custody after an early morning accident Sunday on the North Shore.

Three occupants of a North Shore apartment  received minor injuries after a car ran into an apartment building on Tranquille Road.

Staff Sergeant Ed Preto says just after 5:30 yesterday morning, a black BMW, westbound in the 1600 block of Tranquille Road went out of control and hit a 3-story apartment building on the North side of the road at the intersection of Holt and Tranquille. One ground floor unit in the apartment building suffered extensive damage. Corporal Cheryl Bush says fortunately the occupants weren't seriously hurt.

The driver fled the scene and was the subject of a police search using the RCMP service dog. The dog didn't find a scent, but police say this morning the driver was taken into custody without incident later yesterday. Police say the man is being held in custody, and should be appearing in court today.

The 26-year old Kamloops man is expected to be charged with a number of offences, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to remain at the scene, and breaching a conditional sentence order. He will also likely face a number of offences under the Motor Vehicle Act.  

Cause of the accident is still under investigation.

A structural engineer spent much of yesterday assessing the integrity of the building's structure, and more information on that is expected later today. 

Anyone with any information on this accident is asked to contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers. 

 

 

EARLIER —  Two small  children received minor injuries after a car ran into an apartment building on Tranquille Road this morning.

Staff Sergeant Ed Preto says just after 5:30 this morning, a black BMW, westbound in the 1600 block of Tranquille Road went out of control and hit a 3-story apartment building on the North side of the road at the intersection of Holt and Tranquille.

One ground floor unit in the apartment building suffered extensive damage and two small children in one of the bedrooms suffered minor injuries from the debris.

Staff Preto says the kids were taken to Royal Inland Hospital by paramedics to get checked out.

The driver fled the scene and is still on the loose. Police are working to identify the driver. The police dog was out tracking but apparently was unable to pick up a scent. 

Cause of the accident is still under investigation.

A structural engineer has also been called in to assess the building and determine its structural integrity. RCMP say Tranquille Road will be one lane until 1:00 or 2:00 PM this afternoon while the analyst works.

Anyone with any information on this accident is asked to contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers. 

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