Charges may be coming in Kamloops hit and run that killed trio of students

Investigators believe the driver of a pickup truck was speeding eastbound on Battle Street at about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 and blew through a stop sign before striking a car headed southbound on First Avenue, uphill, that was carrying the three international students who died: Daniel Okocha, Feyisola Adebowale and Oluwatosin Adeojo

Charges could be forthcoming in connection with the Nov. 3 collision downtown at the corner of First Avenue and Battle Street that killed three Thompson Rivers University international students from Nigeria.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said the investigation is “very close to being completed” by local Mounties.

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“No timeline, but our investigation has progressed to the point where we’re now just in the phase of liaising with Crown and producing all our final reports for their review,” he said.

Pillay said once a case goes to Crown for review, charge approval could come quickly or could take months.

Investigators believe the driver of a pickup truck was speeding eastbound on Battle Street at about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 and blew through a stop sign before striking a car headed southbound on First Avenue, uphill, that was carrying the three students.

Daniel Okocha, 22, and Feyisola Adebowale, 28, died at the scene. Oluwatosin Adeojo, 31, passed away in hospital on Nov. 12.

A fourth person in the car survived the crash without injury.

Each of the men had either graduated or were about to graduate from their post-secondary studies in business at TRU.

Multiple fundraisers for their funerals collected thousands of dollars in donations.

Police said the driver of the pickup truck fled the scene following the crash. The vehicle’s registered owner was taken into custody later in the day following the crash, but was released without being charged.

Four police vehicles were parked outside a home in Guerin Creek the day after the accident as part of the investigation into the crash.

The home is just west of the crash site.

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