Driver of stolen Subaru dies following bridge crash
A head-on crash that closed Overlanders Bridge for hours on Tuesday, Dec. 6, sending two people to hospital — one who later died in Royal Inland Hospital — appears to have been the end result of a stolen-car incident out of downtown Kamloops.
Kamloops RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said the Kamloops detachment received a call at 9:02 a.m. from someone reporting the theft of a Subaru from the 500-block of First Avenue.
At 9:12 p.m., RCMP dispatch received a call regarding a serious collision at the south end of Overlanders Bridge.
Ward said Mounties arrived at 9:15 a.m. to find one of the vehicles involved in the head-on collision was the silver Subaru RS that had just been reported stolen.
Ward noted this was the first contact police had with the Subaru.
According to police, the Subaru was travelling northbound as it drove onto the bridge from the South Shore when it crossed the centre line and crashed head-on into a southbound Dodge Ram 1500 truck.
Jennifer Munro, the 25-year-old Kamloops woman driving the stolen car, was taken to Royal Inland Hospital with serious head injuries and died at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
The driver of the truck, a Kamloops man in his 50s, was also taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Kamloops RCMP are asking witnesses to the accident or to the actions of the two drivers before the crash to call the detachment at 250-828-3000.