Car rams phone booth, caller

RCMP describe incident as "bizarre" and prepare to lay charges

According to police the victim in the crash attempted to jump out of the way at the last minute but was still struck by the oncoming car.

 

 

A man was sent to hospital Sunday after the phone booth he was using in downtown Coalmont was struck and destroyed by an oncoming vehicle.

The victim, who was treated at Princeton Hospital and released, has been identified by witnesses as Warren Spence of Coalmont.

RCMP detachment commander Barry Kennedy described the incident, which occurred about noon, was “very bizarre.”

Kennedy said police believe the crash was not accidental.

“According to witnesses, the driver of the vehicle recognized the male in the phone booth, and then turned his vehicle around in order to line his car up with the phone booth. The driver then took aim at the phone booth and ‘gunned’ the car toward the phone booth, driving right through it and striking the male standing inside,” said an RCMP press release.

“For the guy on the other end of that phone it must have been a heck of a call,” said Kennedy, in a follow up interview with The Spotlight.

Kennedy added “there is a lot of rumor about the motive…but I have not been able to confirm it.”

The driver of the car was also injured and remains in hospital, said Kennedy.

 

Charges are pending against a man, also from Coalmont. “We are prepared to lay charges,” said Kennedy. “We’re ready to go and waiting for Crown to approve them and which ones they are going to approve.”

 

 

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Fire destroys historic Hitching Post restaurant in Hedley

Two people were injured as fire ripped through the Hedley restaurant around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday

RDOS supports agriculturalists to reduce burning

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen encourages ag properties to grind rather than burn debris

Former Kamloops sheriff caught in sex-related sting pleads guilty to lesser charge

Kevin Johnston will be sentenced on Nov. 6 for his role in communicating online with a person posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Plans for Bugnut property delayed

Plans to built an outdoor social pavilion at the downtown location of… Continue reading

Coyne “overwhelmed” with certain mayoral victory

Spencer Coyne asked Princeton to “Vote for Change.” And it did. The… Continue reading

Federal carbon tax rebates will exceed the cost for most people affected

Officials say 70 per cent of people in those provinces will get back more than they end up paying out as fuel costs rise to incorporate the carbon tax.

VOTE: Nature in Focus reader’s choice photo contest

The Penticton Western News Reader’s Choice photo contest

Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson ‘feeling good’ after concussion

Rookie is back practising after being sidelined by Florida defenceman Mike Matheson

UPDATED: 34 rescued off whale watching boat in Georgia Strait

Tour company says vessel experienced some kind of mechanical issue

Pipeline opponents blast Trans Mountain re-approval plan

Environmental advocates, First Nations leaders say NEB review has same flaws as it had before

Opioid crisis may be shortening British Columbians’ life expectancy: report

Canada among healthiest wealthy countries, but 8,000 overdose deaths since 2016 are causing concern

B.C. cold case helps ‘60 Minutes’ explain genetic genealogy

An arrest in the 1987 double-murder of two people from Victoria was one of three examples highlighted in a segment you can watch here

Delivery of cannabis could be impacted by postal strike

BC Liquor Distribution Branch look at alternative third-party delivery services

Around the BCHL: Chilliwack Chiefs snag spot in CJHL national rankings

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the BCHL and the junior A world.

Most Read