Driver in Merritt-area crash facing charges

By James Peters
December 30, 2015 - 4:22pm

KAMLOOPS — A driver involved in a serious single-vehicle crash on the Okanagan Connector near Merritt this week is facing charges.

The crash happened near Hamilton Hill at about noon on Monday when an SUV spun off the road and into the right side ditch.

Four of the nine people inside the SUV were ejected, and RCMP investigators believe none of those four were wearing seatbelts.

Two of the unbelted children were launched across the four lanes of highway and into the opposite ditch.

Police say six of the nine occupants suffered various injuries, including an 11 year old girl who was airlifted to Vancouver.

RCMP say the 47 year old, who was vacationing from California along with his family and another family, is facing a variety of Motor Vehicle Act charges. 

They include driving without due care and attention, permitting passengers under 16 to be improperly seated without seatbelts, and carrying too many passengers for designated seating.

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