ATV accident sends driver to hospital with serious injuries

Two people injured, one seriously. Neither person wearing appropriate safety equipment in Lake Country ATV accident

The driver of an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is in hospital with very serious injuries after a single vehicle collision on Wednesday night.

On August 12, 2015 at 7:47 pm, the Lake Country RCMP received a report of a single vehicle collision with injuries on the 2500 block of Williams Road. An 18-year-old Vernon man was apparently driving a mini-ATV eastbound on Williams Road when the vehicle is believed to have experienced a major mechanical failure resulting in both occupants being ejected. The driver suffered very serious and potentially life-threatening injuries in the crash while the passenger, an 18-year-old Vernon woman, suffered relatively minor injuries.

Both occupants were taken to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment. The driver remains in serious condition.

Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing appropriate safety equipment which likely contributed significantly to the extent of the young man’s injuries.

An RCMP Collision Reconstructionist completed a detailed analysis of the scene but all of the causal factors are not yet known. Alcohol and mechanical issues are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.