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Victim seen riding on car’s hood
Police are now calling the death of a Sicamous man an accident, though criminal charges have been laid against a Sicamous woman.
On the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 14, at approximately 2:30, an officer on patrol found the severely injured body of 49-year-old Troy Charlton laying on Main Street. Charlton was rushed to hospital in Salmon Arm, where he died from his injuries.
Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Dave Dubnyk later announced that on Aug. 15, police had arrested 46-year-old Sicamous woman Christina Laforge, who was subsequently charged with criminal negligence causing death and impaired driving causing death. She is scheduled to appear in Salmon Arm Provincial Court in mid-September.
Dubnyk states in an Aug. 21 news release that Charlton and Laforge, “had been at the same social gathering at a Sicamous residence the evening before the accident” and, after leaving the residence, Charlton was witnessed riding on the hood of a vehicle being driven along Main Street by Laforge.
“When the vehicle came to a sudden stop, Charlton was thrown from the hood causing his fatal injuries,” says Dubnyk.
The sergeant emphasizes this was not a hit and run, though Laforge was not with Charlton when his body was discovered by police.
Dubnyk says the patrolling officer had turned onto Main Street from Highway 97A and, while heading down Main Street, the officer witnessed a vehicle driven by Laforge travelling in the same lane towards him. The officer slowed down to a stop as the oncoming vehicle pulled into the correct lane in to pass. Preparing to stop the oncoming driver for a sobriety check, the officer noticed a person lying on the road. Dubnyk said the officer got out of his vehicle to check the person’s condition. Meanwhile, Laforge had stopped half a block down the road and walked back to engage the officer.
Alcohol has been determined as a factor in this incident. Police continue to investigate, and ask that anyone with any related information contact the local detachment at 250-836-2878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.