Sgt. Ed deJong

Columbia Valley RCMP

On February 9 at approximately 2 p.m. the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a two-vehicle head-on collision in Kootenay National Park between Kootenay Crossing and the Dolly Varden rest area.

The two pickups involved each had a driver and a passenger, all of whom received significant injuries. The most serious was airlifted to Foothills Hospital in Calgary where she sadly succumbed to her injuries on Saturday, Feb. 10. The 71-year old female was from Cranbrook. The other three persons involved are still in hospital.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no criminality suspected at this time.

This past week, February 5 to 12, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 69 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to:

On February 5 police received a complaint of a fraud from an elderly female who had received a call from someone claiming to be a lawyer. The caller claimed the victim’s son had been involved in a motor vehicle collision involving a young child and was in police custody. He went on to say the victim needed to send him an amount of money as a retainer so he could be represented. 

This is a common scam theme where a caller will claim a loved one is in police custody and they need money for bail or a lawyer. If you receive this type of call, ask where the person is allegedly being held and call the police of jurisdiction to confirm the story. 

At no time will the police call and ask someone to send money for any reason. This file is currently being investigated.