Police have confirmed that an 81-year-old female died in a single vehicle accident on Highway 97 south of Oliver on Thursday.
The RCMP report that the accident occurred just before 10 am near Road 18, where a sedan was parked on the side of the road.
According to the investigation and witness testimony, the vehicle, without notice, shot across the highway and struck a tree in an orchard. The impact caused extensive front end damage to the vehicle and uprooted the tree.
An 81-year-old female passenger was rushed to South Okanagan General Hospital, where she was confirmed deceased. The 84-year-old male driver received minor injuries as a result.
The RCMP South Okanagan Traffic Services and the BC Coroners Services are continuing their investigation into the collision.