Truck was speeding, blew through stop sign before crash that killed two, police say

Police say they have determined which vehicle was at fault in an early-morning hit-and-run collision on Sunday that killed two Thompson Rivers University international students.

Investigators believe a pickup truck was speeding along Battle Street and blew through a stop sign before striking a car headed south on First Avenue, killing two of its occupants and sending a third to hospital in critical condition.

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RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the driver of the pickup fled the scene following the crash. The vehicle’s registered owner was taken into custody briefly later in the day on Sunday but has not been charged.

Four police cars were parked outside a home in Guerin Creek on Monday as part of the RCMP investigation into Sunday’s crash.

“Investigations such as this are taken very seriously and conducted very thoroughly,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said.

“There are several technical aspects to the investigation which are forensic in nature. All of these lengthy processes must be completed before we can review our evidence or consider recommending criminal charges.”

Police are looking to speak with a woman who was seen in the area following the crash. She is described as standing five-foot-seven and weighing about 140 pounds with brown hair in a ponytail, and was last seen walking alone northbound on First Avenue.

Pillay said Mounties are also asking any drivers with dash cameras who were in the downtown core or Guerin Creek between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday to provide their footage to investigators.

Social media posts have identified the deceased men as Daniel Okocha and Feyisola Adebowale, both believed to be from Nigeria.

The investigation is ongoing.

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