Kamloops man dies in Coquihalla Highway crash
A Kamloops man is dead after a single-vehicle crash on icy roads on the Coquihalla Highway on the weekend.
RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said 44-year-old Stephen Francis Kulinski was driving a red Suzuki SUV southbound on the Coquihalla Highway near the Falls Lake exit — between Hope and Merritt — on Sunday, Jan. 6, when the vehicle left the road.
Investigators believe Kulinski lost control due to icy conditions.
Thiessen said the SUV struck a snowbank and a light standard, crushing its roof.
Kulinski was pronounced dead at the scene, while his 38-year-old wife was extricated from the vehicle by an off-duty firefighter.
She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at Fraser Canyon Hospital in Hope.
“Drivers are reminded to watch their speed and closely observe road conditions at this time of year, especially when driving in the mountain passes,” Thiessen said.